Paris Saint-Germain is ready to donate Lionel Messi a three-year contract to move to the French capital, sources told ESPN, and feels a deal is imminent following positive initial talks with Messi’s representatives.
Earlier on Friday, PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that signing the 34-year-old was “potential” and sources told ESPN that further negotiations with Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, were scheduled for Monday, or possibly soon. .
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According to sources, the deal could have an impact on the futures of Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain and Paul Pogba of Manchester United.
Sources told ESPN that PSG contacted Messi on Thursday following the unexpected announcement from Barcelona that he would not sign a unused deal with them. PSG sporting director Leonardo and chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi are very involved in discussions with Messi, having been in contact with his father Jorge for some time.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s opening match of the Ligue 1 season, Pochettino confirmed that information. “Of course, of course [signing Messi] “It is a possibility. The club is working on it and if there is any information we will inform it as soon as conceivable,” he said.
The sources added that Messi’s joining Paris Saint-Germain will increase the possibility of Mbappe, whose contract will expire next summer, on a unused lengthy-term contract with the club. This would hurt Real Madrid’s hopes of signing the 22-year-old on a free transfer next summer.
Messi’s arrival in Ligue 1 could also unkind that PSG will end their interest in signing Manchester United midfielder Pogba, meaning that his contract at Old Trafford will expire prior he becomes a free agent next summer.
PSG have been talking about their desire to sign Messi since he announced in August 2020 his desire to leave the Camp Nou. Sources told ESPN that while on vacation in Ibiza with Messi, PSG’s Neymar was pushing him to join the club. Messi also held talks with Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes and Marco Verratti on the matter.
PSG owner Tamim bin Hamad is keen to bring Messi to the club and sources have told ESPN that he is being kept informed of all conversations. Bin Hamad has been keen to sign Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo since he bought the club in 2011.
However, there will be significant financial implications for PSG if they can get Messi into the club. While he is a free agent following the termination of his contract with Barcelona, the 34-year-old will still grip a big contract in terms of wages, commissions, entry fees and bonuses.
Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, said on Friday that he did not want to generate incorrect hope about Messi’s return chances, and added that there is no one greater than the club.
“I don’t want to generate incorrect hope,” Laporta said. “During the negotiations, we learned of other offers of Messi. There was a time limit, for us and for them, because they needed time.
“The leagues are starting. I am not willing to mortgage the club for 50 years to anyone. The decision has been made, there is no longer a margin, the reason is sincere financial play. We have a limit when it comes to player salaries.”