Sport Uncertainty at Barça: is Messi beating for the move?
Messi fit for Supercopa as Koeman looks to consolidate Barca improvement with a trophy
Ronald Koeman is feeling positive about Barcelona's recent improvement ahead of the Supercopa de Espana, and Lionel Messi is fit.Messi had, according to Koeman, some "discomfort" after Barca's resounding 4-0 win at Granada on Saturday, the Argentinian scoring twice as both he and the team appeared to be finding their feet again.
During these winter days, the temperature in Barcelona rarely falls below ten degrees, even at night - national goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen and many FC Barcelona players are said to be shaking anyway.
is to blame for reports of a financial crisis of unprecedented proportions in the club. “There is fear of the future in the changing room,” headlined the “Sport” magazine. Will there soon be no more money for the sometimes astronomical salaries? No money for reinforcements to overcome the sporting misery? And even worse: is the financial emergency driving Torgarant Lionel Messi into strange arms for good?
Lionel Messi was close to Espanyol move, reveals Mauricio Pochettino
The PSG boss has refused to talk about a move in the present day for the Barcelona captain, who is out of contract at the end of the season and appears unwilling to commit his future to the Nou Camp. But the Argentine was willing to discuss a transfer in the past that didn't come off due to a scintillating pre-season display from his compatriot. © Provided by Daily Mail Mauricio Pochettino would not address talk of a move for Lionel Messi © Provided by Daily Mail Messi is expected to leave Barcelona in the summer 'Messi to PSG? No comment.
The almost 34-year-old Argentine had already started a failed attempt to migrate with a lot of gemoser in the summer. Now there are no more obstacles: his contract expires in June, and he has been able to negotiate with other clubs since the beginning of the year. There is much to suggest that one of the longest and most successful “marriages” in football could come to an end after a good 20 years. And there are increasing indications that Paris Saint-Germain could win the contract.
A close friend of Messi's in the team of the Ligue 1 champions, national team colleague Leandro Paredes, revealed these days: "PSG are trying to persuade Messi." Messi, Ms. Antonella and the three little boys Thiago, Mateo and Ciro have already learned French, according to the TV channel «Canal +». Paris sporting director Leonardo did not want to admit talks, but the Brazilian admitted: "Great players like Messi are always on PSG's list."
New indication of Messi's departure: he is already learning French!
One of the big questions in international football is certainly that of the future of superstar Lionel Messi . His still-club FC Barcelona are currently tied at the institutional level as long as no elected president chairs the club. In addition, there is an insane mountain of debt on the coffers of the Catalans. Now there are new signs that the Argentine might actually pack his bags for Paris.
But how likely is Messi's move to Paris? Last summer it was said that Manchester City with coach Pep Guardiola, under whose aegis the professional had his most glamorous time in Barcelona, was Messi's favorite target. May have been like that back then. But a lot has changed in the meantime: Paris has put trainer Thomas Tuchel at the door and signed the Argentine Mauricio Pochettino as his successor.
Meanwhile, the new coach is not just a compatriot. More importantly, the former national team defender and ex-coach of FC Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur is also a fanatical fan of Newell's Old Boys from Rosario. This is also Messi's regular and heart club. The Paris newspaper “Le Parisien” wrote even before Pochettino signed that the sheikhs from Qatar, who have been in charge at PSG since 2011, wanted to hire the Argentine primarily because of his good relations with Messi.
Messi's leak embarrassment leaves the Argentine scratching his head
PETE JENSON: The El Mundo story detailing Lionel Messi's contract with Barcelona has infuriated the player, embarrassed Barcelona, and left everyone asking: who leaked the contract and why? The eye-watering €115m (£102m) renewal fee jumped out from the pages of El Mundo but much of the rest of the detailed breakdown of the deal he signed back in November 2017 was already taken as read. For a long time the 33-year-old’s top global earner status on 100m euros gross a year was accepted, El Mundo have it at £122m.
The South America connection is also getting bigger and bigger in Paris. Many are close friends of Messi, like the Brazilian Neymar, who won the Champions League with Barça in 2015 with the “Flea” and repeatedly proclaims that he wants to go back to scoring goals alongside the six-time world footballer. In addition to Paredes, other Argentinians such as Ángel di Maria and Mauro Icardi also play at PSG.
Paris Saint-Germain would be one of the few clubs that could really afford Messi's huge annual salary. Barcelona, on the other hand, has, as has now been revealed, horrific debts of 1.17 billion euros. Bankruptcy threatens. The club is negotiating with the professionals about a total wage waiver of 190 million euros.
Meanwhile, at Camp Nou things are not only financially mixed up. In terms of sport, it's also a steep downhill. The premier class was last brought in 2015. Since then, there have been many violent bankruptcies in Europe against AS Roma, Liverpool FC and most recently the historic 2: 8 against Bayern. You don't even have a real president right now. After Josep Bartomeu's resignation in October, a new boss will not be elected until March 7th. "I'm pessimistic, Messi is leaving in the middle of the year," said candidate Agustí Benedito.
If Ter Stegen & Co. want to convince Messi that he has better prospects in Barcelona than in Paris, then they will soon have a good and probably last opportunity: By advancing in the Champions League. In the second round, the opponent is called PSG.
Messi, Neymar and Mbappe together at PSG not feasible because of FFP - Herrera .
Barcelona star Lionel Messi continues to be linked with Paris Saint-Germain but Ander Herrera was reluctant to discuss the rumours.Six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi is out of contract with Barcelona at the end of the season and has been strongly linked with French champions PSG and Premier League leaders Manchester City.