Not extended by FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi can now join the club of his choice. Paris Saint-Germain are announced as the favorites and the big maneuvers have already started to try to attract the Argentinian in the capital. But the file remains financially complicated.
What will Messi’s future club be?
The announcement of the departure of Lionel Messi (34) from FC Barcelona on Thursday night was a real thunderclap. After more than 20 years in Catalonia, one of the best players in football history is now free to join the club of his choice. A question will now ignite the next few weeks: where the Argentine striker will he decide to pursue his career?
To this question, two answers quickly come to mind. There is first Manchester City, announced as the big favorite to welcome Messi last summer when he announced his desire to leave Bara. Then comes Paris Saint-Germain. The photo published at the beginning of the week showing the Pulga on vacation Ibiza in the company of several Parisian players does not fail to make Paris SG supporters dream.
Messi spoke with Pochettino
Messi at PSG, is it possible? According to information from Sky Italia, the capital club has contacted the six-fold Ballon d’Or and his entourage to start changing on a possible collaboration. According to The Athletic, the now ex-Barcelonan also spoke directly with coach Mauricio Pochettino in the evening. Paris has always been on the lookout for this issue, since the first revelations of its initial desires a year ago, and has been effective this summer on market opportunities. Parisian management is aware that this one is too good to pass up.
However, the operation promises to be very complicated from a financial point of view. According to the revelations of El Mundo, the annual income of the Argentine over the period 2017-2021 amounted to 138.8 million euros gross, or 74.9 million euros net. Parisian leaders must therefore study their economic possibilities and remain very cautious. At the present time, his coming is the same judge not realistic internally, according to L’Equipe. Same story on RMC side: At the club, some assure that financially, Paris will not be able to bring the Argentinian. But they are trying to find a solution.
Paris needs to sell
To find a solution, PSG will have to sell players. The vice-champion of France recently presented to the DNCG a provisional budget for the 2021-2022 season which provides for losses of between 250 and 300 M €. To reduce them, the Parisian management wants to recover € 180 million through sales, but it has so far obtained only € 7 million with the departure of Mitchel Bakker from Bayer Leverkusen. At the same time, Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum and Gianluigi Donnarumma have added to the payroll of the Ile-de-France club.
Another important point, PSG makes the extension of Kylian Mbapp its top priority. At the moment T, signing a new contract with his French striker, who will be free in a year, takes priority over a potential arrival from Messi, says L’Equipe. But if Paris manages to find the solution to do both, it will not deprive itself of it.
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