Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 10:19 am• Chris Meijer

The arrival of Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain is emphatically in the air, but there is no agreement for the time being. Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reports that there are still some folds to be ironed out in the negotiations between the 34-year-old attacker and les Parisiens. According to L’Equipe and Mundo Deportivo the portrait rights are the last major obstacle to an agreement between PSG and Messi.

Messi was already expected by various French media in Paris on Monday for the medical examination. Hundreds of supporters were waiting for the Argentinian at the airport, but he did not show his face for the time being. RMC Sports reports that Messi will remain in Barcelona until a full deal is reached. PSG is working hard to reach an agreement as soon as possible. At the moment only the portrait rights seem to be a stumbling block. Messi has a two-year contract with an option for another season in Paris, which will give him €35 million a year.

Despite the fact that there is no agreement yet, the consequences of Messi’s imminent arrival can already be felt in Paris. PSG has gained a million followers on Instagram and Facebook last weekend since the rumor started. The number of followers of the French top club has also increased considerably on Twitter and YouTube. Incidentally, the number of followers of Messi himself has also increased by 5 million due to the news about his person, so that he is now followed by a total of 355 million people on all his social media channels.

On the other hand, PSG must also sell the necessary players this summer to control the salary house. Ten players, including Abdou Diallo, Thilo Kehrer, Idrissa Gueye, Rafinha, Mauro Icardi and Ander Herrera, can look forward to a new club. PSG already managed to sell Mitchel Bakker (to Bayer Leverkusen) and Alphonse Aréola (on loan to West Ham United). Kylian Mbappe, on the other hand, is absolutely not allowed to leave, despite entering his last contract year and threatening to leave on a free transfer next summer.

There were reports on Monday about a coup by Barcelona, ​​which PSG still wanted to trump by making Messi an ultimate offer to stay after all. marca, RAC1 and Romano, however, report that these reports are not true. Barcelona have not released a new offer and simply cannot afford to pay Messi due to LaLiga’s Financial Fair Play rules. Ligue 1 also wants to introduce such Financial Fair Play rules, but that has been delayed and partly because of this, PSG is now trying to complete the arrival of Messi as soon as possible.


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