With Lionel Messi’s contract at PSG likely to expire in the next weeks, every top club in the world is on high alert, but a return to Barcelona may not be in the cards.
Chelsea, as well as other possible bidders, have been given renewed hope of acquiring Lionel Messi. For a variety of reasons, the 35-year-old forward’s future at Paris Saint-Germain is becoming increasingly questionable, and he’s already been widely connected with transfers to some of the world’s biggest teams.
Messi’s contract in Paris expires after the season, making him a free agent in the summer. While the Argentina international has yet to commit his long-term future to the Parisians, it appears that he has severed ties with the club.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner was been punished by the French giants for traveling to Saudi Arabia without permission. According to Sky Sports, Messi requested permission from PSG to travel to the nation, which he did on Sunday after previously postponing the trip twice, but he was not granted permission.
As a consequence of a meeting with PSG officials, the Argentine has been banned for two games and fined two weeks’ salary. Barcelona has emerged as the clear favorites to sign Messi, who is set to hunt for a new club in the summer.
La Liga president Javier Tebas, on the other hand, has outlined how the Catalan club would be able to finance Messi despite the club’s financial constraints. Tebas told the Spanish newspaper AS: “Barcelona will sell players for good money.” Their strategy is working. “The greatest players stay in Spain, and they think Leo wants to return, although for a lower salary than at PSG. They have a strategy in place to sign more players.
“I don’t know if it’s the right thing to do, but if they’ve managed to have that revenue, they’ve been able to spend more on players,” Tebas continued. “We discussed the implications of the documentation with the club.”They will continue to outperform their strategy until they see it completed. We don’t care if they bring him in for Messi or Mbappe. We tell them they have a lot of money to sign.”
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Messi was reportedly close to signing for Chelsea for £208 million eight years ago. According to Sky Sports’ Gianluca Di Marzio, Roman Abramovich and the forward have struck an informal contract deal.
However, the move fell through after his father was reportedly informed of the plans by an intermediary who was enraged that he had been left out of the negotiations.