BARCELONA, SPAIN – AUGUST 08: (Editor’s Note: Alternative Harvest) Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona faces the media during a press conference at Nou Camp on August 08, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain.
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Lionel Messi has received a formal two-year contract offer from Paris Saint-Germain.
The French club have offered Messi a first two-year deal, valued at £ 25m a year after tax, and the six-time Ballon d’Or winner and his agents are now scrutinizing and scrutinizing him.
Messi also has two other potential options following his Barcelona exit but PSG remain favorites to sign him.
Barcelona announced Messi will not stay at the club after failing to fulfill a new contract signed with the player due to “financial and structural obstacles”.
The Argentine international spoke directly to PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino this week about the move to the French capital.
When asked if PSG will be his next move at their farewell press conference on Sunday, Messi said: “It’s one way to reach these heights.
“I haven’t confirmed anything with anyone. I’ve had a lot of calls, a lot of interested clubs. Nothing is closed at the moment, but we’re talking about a lot of things.”
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PSG quickly emerged as the front runner for his signature, in a move that would reunite him with former Barcelona team-mate Neymar.
Messi said he did not want to leave Barcelona in an emotional farewell press conference on Sunday.
Messi burst into tears when he received a standing ovation at his latest press conference in Barcelona to announce the end of his 21 years at the club.
Barcelona confirmed Messi’s departure on Thursday evening, the same day he returned to Catalonia after his Copa America vacation.
Messi had traveled to Barcelona expecting to agree on the details of the announcement of his new five-year deal and he confirmed that he had offered to cut his wage by 50 percent.
“This year my family and I were convinced we would stay home. We all wanted that more than anything,” said Messi.
“We always made it our own, we were at home. We thought we would stay here in Barcelona. But today we have to say goodbye to all of that.”