Barcelona’s declaration that Lionel Messi would leave the club set Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) scrambling to sort out if it would sign the most wanted free agent in football history.
Lionel Messi called PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino, who is additionally from Argentina, on Thursday, an individual with information on the circumstance revealed to The Associated Press. The individual talked on condition of anonymity because the individual was not authorized to examine private conversations.
The individual said PSG was surveying the potential income that could be produced by signing Lionel Messi while likewise paying him a tremendous salary and conforming to soccer’s financial guidelines.
Funded for a decade by Qatari sovereign wealth, PSG is one of the few clubs in the world that can manage the cost of the 34-year-old Lionel Messi’s salary. A challenge would seem, by all accounts, to be guaranteeing ongoing compliance with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, albeit some adaptability has been given because of the pandemic and changes are because of the system intended to stem losses. It is PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi who, as chairman of the European Club Association and a member of UEFA’s executive committee, is engaged with the process toward talking about a more extensive update to FFP.
PSG’s latest published accounts, covering 2019-20, show the wage bill was 414.4 million euros on a revenue of 560 million euros, as it as of now pays big salaries to Neymar and Kylian Mbappé.
Lionel Messi was set to make around 70 million euros ($112m) each year under his new Barcelona contract by taking a 50 percent pay cut, yet it was never signed. Barcelona said on Thursday that notwithstanding agreeing with Messi on the new terms, the Spanish league interceded because the club would not be following salary cap guidelines.
It leaves open the chance of the leave declaration being switched if Barcelona can convince the league to ease off. Yet, Barcelona’s debts surpass 1.2 billion euros, a predicament not brought about by the pandemic yet exacerbated by the absence of revenue from empty stadiums on top of years of financial issues.
While Barcelona’s social media accounts paid tribute to his career, Lionel Messi presently can’t seem to post anything online about leaving the club he has been at since the age of 13, winning 35 titles. He helped the club win the Champions League 4 times, the Spanish league 10 times, the Copa del Rey 7 times, and the Spanish Super Cup 8 times.
If PSG somehow happened to sign Lionel Messi, he would be brought together with previous Barcelona forward Neymar. He would likewise be the most recent free arrival at the French club this offseason, following goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, defender Sergio Ramos and midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. Like Messi, their agreements expired at Milan, Real Madrid, and Liverpool, respectively.
Manchester City, which is owned by the Abu Dhabi royal family, may have the desire and connections to sign Lionel Messi. Be that as it may, rejoining him with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola could be complicated financially with the Premier League champions breaking the British transfer record on Thursday by signing Jack Grealish for 100 million pounds.
Guardiola everything except precluded the chance of signing Lionel Messi, and referred to the outlay for Grealish.
“Right now, it’s not in our thoughts, absolutely not,” Guardiola said on Friday at a news conference.
Guardiola said he hasn’t addressed Lionel Messi.
“In the end it was a surprise for everyone, I included of course,” he said. “The president, (Joan) Laporta, was clear today the reasons why. I didn’t speak with the player or the president so I don’t know what happened.”