Barca President Joan Laporta said that both the club and the player had agreed on a new deal. However deal could not be signed as Barcelona would be unable to register Messi due to some La Liga rules (more on this later).
In the end, the sad reality has hit everyone and the boy who signed his first contract with Barcelona on a napkin will now leave the club he has represented since 2003. He was close to leaving the club last summer.
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Where will Messi play this season?
PSG are said to have been in contact with Messi’s camp since Thursday. If a deal materializes between the parties, Lionel Messi could be reunited with his friend and former teammate Neymar Jr. A front three of Messi, Mbappe and Neymar! With Di Maria behind them, that would be some attack.
Will Messi sign for Paris St. Germaine? Only time will tell.
Paris Saint-Germain are now “progressing” in direct negotiations to sign Leo Messi. Talks ongoing to find the right ‘structure’, PSG are pushing since yesterday and now feeling confident. 🔵🔴🇫🇷 #Messi
Manchester City are still quiet. PSG (and Neymar…) working for Messi. #PSG pic.twitter.com/DsdI6knxs7
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 6, 2021
Somehow, he is not being linked to Man City this time probably because City has just signed Jack Grealish. The Englishman has taken the number 10 shirt. Did City sign Grealish a little bit too early?
Man City’s manager Pep Guardiola is a big fan of Lionel Messi and if given an opportunity to bring in the Argentine for free, he is not likely to turn it down. Although book balancing and Financial Fair Play may stand in the way.