FC Barcelona – La Liga A look at the various arguments
Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are about to meet in the Champions League, but these two teams could be part of one of the summer’s biggest transfer stories too as Lionel Messi continues to be linked with the French team.
The Argentine’s contract expires in the summer and many in the French media believe it is a realistic possibility that he’ll join Neymar at the Parc des Princes.
L’Equipe have reported on the situation in their Monday edition. While they admit that it would be a difficult operation to pull off, with even PSG suffering financially due to the pandemic and Ligue 1’s TV rights problems, the French newspaper believe it could actually happen.
They’ve outlined four reasons why Messi could be moving to the Parc des Princes and we discuss each below.
This is the main reason why Messi to PSG is possible. It’s because he is actually available.
Paying a transfer fee for Messi would have been impossible in the past, but now the Argentine will be a free agent.
Since Neymar‘s 2017 transfer from Barcelona to PSG, there have been various reports claiming that the Brazilian and the Argentine want to play together again in the future.
The original plan was to link up again at Barcelona, but that seems impossible given the Catalan club’s sporting and economic situation.
So, now, the way they could play together would be to unite in France.
L’Equipe also explain that Messi would enjoy working with Mauricio Pochettino, Angel di Maria and Leandro Paredes.
The report says that PSG have been in touch with Messi‘s entourage before, specifically last summer as the burofax saga was taking place.
The fact that PSG have already tried to sign Messi before means that negotiations wouldn’t start from square one.
Kylian Mbappe‘s contract runs until 2022, but he hasn’t yet renewed.
PSG are said to be considering the possibility of selling Mbappe now in the case of the young forward deciding not to renew.
Paying Messi‘s salary would be expensive and the sale of Mbappe could fund it.