Nonetheless, sources have advised ESPN that Neymar and PSG sporting director Leonardo additionally mentioned bringing the Argentina worldwide to France at the moment and haven’t misplaced curiosity in him since.
Messi can not go away Barca till subsequent summer season, however he can begin to negotiate a doable transfer with golf equipment Jan. 1.
Barca will elect a brand new president on Jan. 24 following the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu, which can have an effect on Messi’s determination on whether or not to remain or go away the membership.
“I can not speak about it in the meanwhile,” PSG’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi mentioned on Thursday when requested about Messi’s future.
After PSG’s 3-1 win in opposition to Manchester United on Wednesday, Neymar advised ESPN that he needed to play with Messi subsequent season.
“What I need most of all is to play with Messi once more, to have the ability to get pleasure from him as soon as once more on the pitch,” Neymar mentioned.
“He can play in my place, I’ve no downside with that! However I wish to play with him subsequent yr, for certain. We now have to do it subsequent season.”
Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez have remained shut since their days collectively at Barcelona, and the three have a WhatsApp group the place they nonetheless speak.
Messi’s wage invoice might be one of many obstacles for PSG, as he earns €60 million a yr at Barcelona, way more than Neymar’s €36m a yr or Kylian Mbappe‘s €20m a yr at PSG.
Sources have advised ESPN that the quick precedence for the membership is securing extensions to Neymar’s and Mbappe’s contracts.