PSG is willing to pay Lionel Messi £500,000 a week, according to reports. to foil Chelsea’s ‘plot hijacking’
Lionel Messi is a target for Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
According to rumours, Paris Saint-Germain is willing to pay Lionel Messi a £500,000-a-week contract to fight off any competition. Messi is a free agent after his contract with Barcelona expired earlier this summer, with Chelsea also rumored to be interested in signing the Argentine.
Barcelona shockingly announced on Thursday that Messi would not be re-signing with the club, bringing an end to his legendary 21-year stint.
PSG were rapidly attempting to expedite talks with Messi’s team over a free move, according to Fabrizio Romano.
According to AS, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich requested a “urgent meeting” with Messi’s representation via a UK intermediary on Friday.
PSG are believed to be looking to complete a deal for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner as soon as possible, despite the European champions’ alleged interest.
According to the Daily Star, PSG is close to finalizing a record-breaking deal to capture Messi.
PSG’s billionaire owner Tamin bin Hamad Al Thani has agreed to sign Messi to a two-year contract for roughly £500,000 per week.
Romano has also just revised his story, suggesting that the Ligue 1 giants’ confidence in the potential of Messi’s arrival is growing.
PSG striker Neymar, a former teammate of the 34-year-old at the Nou Camp, is thought to be pressing for the trade to be completed.
As he attempts to help PSG reclaim the Ligue 1 championship from Lille, Mauricio Pochettino has publicly intimated that a trade for Messi might be completed this season.
“The club is working hard, as I mentioned, and if there is any information, we will let you know,” he told reporters.
“We evaluate all of the alternatives in every case, and this is one of them.
“It’s evident that this is something that could happen when we talk about the transfer window.
“However, as coaches, it is our obligation to ensure that the players that are available for the game versus Troyes are fully focused on the game.”
Messi’s future could be decided very soon, with the French capital appearing to be his most likely destination.
Chelsea will not let the opportunity to sign Messi pass them by, while talks with Inter Milan to re-sign Romelu Lukaku in a potential £102 million move are still ongoing.
Messi or not, Thomas Tuchel appears to be on the verge of adding a world-class attacker to his roster this summer.