Lionel Messi ‘may prove too expensive for even super-rich Paris Saint-Germain’ if the Argentine star does move away from Barcelona this summer.
Messi, 33, would be available to sign on a free transfer because his contract expires at the end of June but his £500,000-a-week wages could prove prohibitive for potential suitors.
However, reports elsewhere suggest that a deal could become affordable if Kylian Mbappe leaves in the summer.
PSG sporting director Leonardo has made clear his club’s interest in signing Messi if he decides to leave Barcelona but his ambition could come up against hard economic reality.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, PSG’s owners, Qatar Sports Investments, have their doubts about whether they could afford him.
That’s despite PSG being ranked as the fifth wealthiest club in world football on the latest Deloitte list with a value of around £560million. Messi’s current club Barcelona top the 2020 list with a value of just over £740m.
While funds would be available from Doha for the project, PSG are wary of breaking UEFA Financial Fair Play rules. Continue reading