Lionel Messi is looking a step closer to the Barcelona exit door after reports from France that the Argentine ace is the target of a summer train for the deep pockets of cash-rich Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi was closer than ever to leaving Barcelona before the start of this current season as he attempted to use the language in his contract, suggesting he might leave the club after repeated humiliations on the pitch, an 8: 2 loss in the Champions League against Bayern Munich.
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Manchester City and Pep Guardiola were reportedly interested. Messi is also said to have pushed for a move to the blue half of Manchester, but the Argentine skipper eventually withdrew his request to leave when it was revealed that the internal rancor would lead him into the courtroom earlier than Manchester would.
However, according to French soccer reporter Daniel Riolo, another contender for Messi’s signature has emerged when, as it seems likely, he tries again to plan a move at the end of this season.
While this remains purely speculative at this point, PSG remain one of only a handful of clubs that could put together the kind of financial package that could help lure the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to the French capital.
Should Messi move to Paris, he will be reunited with former Barca colleague Neymar, who said this week that one of his top football wishes is to be reunited with Messi.
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“I would love to play with Messi again,” Neymar told ESPN on Wednesday. “I want to play with him. I will let him play in my position if he wants! We must play together for sure next year.”
A Messi-led Paris Saint-Germain would instantly become one of the most feared lines of strikers in world football, especially if you add the amazing French striker Kylian Mbappe to a formidable tripartite line of strikers.