PSG prepared to supply Lionel Messi three-year deal to hitch Ligue 1 membership


Paris Saint-Germain are ready to supply Lionel Messi a three-year contract to maneuver to the French capital, sources have instructed ESPN, and really feel a deal is shut after constructive preliminary talks with Messi’s representatives.

Earlier on Friday, PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that signing the 34-year-old “was a risk,” and sources have instructed ESPN that additional negotiations with Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, are deliberate for Monday, or presumably sooner.

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The deal, in response to sources, might have an effect on the futures of PSG’s Kylian Mbappe and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.

Messi will maintain a farewell information convention on Sunday at 12 p.m. CET (6 a.m. ET) on the Camp Nou, the membership have introduced.

Sources instructed ESPN that PSG reached out to Messi on Thursday following the sudden announcement from Barca that he wouldn’t be signing a brand new deal with them. PSG sporting director Leonardo and chairman Nasser al Khelaifi are closely concerned within the discussions with Messi, having been involved together with his father, Jorge, for a while. PSG had been engaged on a proposal to Messi for months, on the off-chance {that a} deal might occur.

On Saturday, sources instructed ESPN that Messi’s legal professionals arrived in Good, France, to carry talks over the switch and finalise the small print. Messi’s father Jorge will arrive later Saturday or on Sunday.

Talking at a information convention forward of PSG’s opening sport of the Ligue 1 season, Pochettino confirmed that info. “In fact [signing Messi] is a risk,” he mentioned. “The membership is engaged on it and if there may be any info we are going to talk it as quickly as doable.”

Sources added that Messi becoming a member of PSG would improve the chance of Mbappe, who’s out of contract subsequent summer season, signing a brand new long-term cope with the membership. This might harm Actual Madrid‘s hopes of signing the 22-year-old on a free switch subsequent summer season.

Messi’s arrival in Ligue 1 would additionally imply PSG finish their curiosity in signing Manchester United midfielder Pogba, that means he would run down his contract at Previous Trafford earlier than changing into a free agent subsequent summer season.

PSG have lengthy been vocal about their needs to signal Messi since he introduced in August 2020 that he wished to go away Camp Nou. Sources have instructed ESPN that whereas on vacation in Ibiza with Messi, PSG’s Neymar was pushing him to hitch the membership. Messi additionally had conversations with Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes and Marco Verratti on the matter.

PSG proprietor Tamim bin Hamad is raring to deliver Messi to the membership, and sources have instructed ESPN that he’s being saved knowledgeable of all of the conversations. Bin Hamad has been eager to signal both Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo since he purchased the membership in 2011.

Nevertheless, there can be heavy monetary implications for PSG ought to they handle to entice Messi to the membership. Whereas he’s a free agent after working down his contract with Barca, the 34-year-old would nonetheless command a big contract when it comes to wages, commissions, a signing-on payment and bonuses.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta on Friday mentioned he does not wish to generate false hope over the possibilities of Messi returning and added that nobody is larger than the membership.

“I do not wish to generate false hope,” Laporta mentioned. “Throughout the course of negotiations, we have identified of different affords for Messi. There was a time restrict, for us and for them, as a result of they want time.

“The leagues are beginning. I’m not prepared to mortgage the membership for 50 years for anyone. The choice is made, there is no such thing as a extra margin and the reason being monetary honest play. We now have a restrict in relation to participant salaries.”



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