World Champion Lionel Messi is supposedly bound to end negotiations with PSG for a contract renewal with the club, as the report shows that the two parties are completely apart in terms of agreements.
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Talks with PSG
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was positive about keeping the Argentine in Paris for a couple more years. During the World Cup he was very confident on this matter.
“He’s very happy, you can see that with the national team. If a player’s not happy you will see their performance not good for the national team. He performed fantastic this season for us, he’s scored a lot of goals and assists for the national team and for the club. So what we agreed together – that after the World Cup, sit down together. But both sides – our side of the club and him – are very happy, so we will talk after the World Cup.”
-Al-Khelaifi via Sky Sports
But it turns out despite their want to keep him at the club, the discussions haven’t made much progress since the seven-time Balon d’Or winner will have to take a pay cut due to FFP difficulties which is not in the likeness of the 35-year-old.
So, one of the free agents this summer is most likely to be an all-time great, Lionel Messi.
What should Barcelona do?
Messi after scoring the infamous 3-2 El Clasico goal
There’s no doubt that the Argentine is looking too for a dream return to his old home, FC Barcelona. But there are still obstacles to overcome for both parties. Despite both wanting a reunion there’s doubt if they are possible to reach neutral ground in terms of finance.
However, La Liga president, Javier Tebas wants the GOAT back to the Spanish League and has given a glimmer of hope to the Catalans. He told reporters that today it is impossible to bring him, but there is still time for Barca to make the necessary moves.
Barca will need to raise more income and reduce the wage bill (debts of $214 million – source Forbes) to make enough space for the World Champion to squeeze back in, to where he belongs. The club still has new contracts to deal with including Gavi, Ronald Araujo, Balde and Dembele. So there is a lot for Barcelona to think about before the summer hits in.
Or is he destined to be with good old Ronaldo?
Saudi Arabia is trying to jump in and spoil the party with their intentions of bringing the two biggest stars of the last decade of world football, back into the same league. Al Hilal are ready to offer a gigantic $350 million a year to put Messi’s determination to test as was Ronaldo’s last season.
Where is the GOAT headed next season? Drop your thoughts