Lionel Messi announces PSG as his next club after Barcelona exit. The Argentine forward made the announcement during his live press conference today.
Messi is set to undergo a medical at Paris Saint-Germain after leaving Barcelona – according to L’Equipe.
The 34-year-old medical is either this evening or on Monday morning.
PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino spoke to Messi directly to convince him of the project at Parc des Princes after Barcelona announced that they wouldn’t be re-signing the six-time Ballon d’Or winner on Friday.
The superstar, however, clarified that his future is not certain.
PSG believe they can sign Messi without breaking any Financial Fair Play rules because his signing will generate more revenue than he will cost in wages.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta said on Friday he was not prepared “to put the club at risk” by renewing Messi’s contract, as the club face up to huge financial problems ahead of the start of La Liga on August 15.
Laporta said Barcelona were no longer negotiating with Messi and the Argentine forward was considering other offers.
PSG, who bought Neymar from Barcelona for a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) in 2017, appear favourites to sign Messi according to reports in France.
Significantly, Nasser al-Khelaifi, the president of the Qatar-owned club, and sporting director Leonardo both missed the team’s 2-1 win at Troyes in their Ligue 1 season-opener on Saturday night.
While answering a question on where he would play next season, Messi says that “PSG is one possibility” for the future, but immediately adds that his future is not yet determined.
“I have nothing confirmed with anyone. There are a lot of clubs interested. At the minute, nothing is closed. We are talking about a lot of things.”
PSG are offering Lionel Messi a two-year contract worth £25m a year, Skysports reports.
They are confident he will sign it this week and Messi’s lawyers are in Paris working on the deal. The contract has an option for a third year.
It will be the start of a long-term relationship between Messi and Qatar as they prepare to host the World Cup finals next year.