The future of Lionel Messi remains very much up in the air with his contract at PSG set to expire at the end of the season – and TEAMtalk are able to reveal some key discussions over his future.
The 35-year-old has been reluctant to commit his future anywhere until after the World Cup has taken place. Argentina progressed through Group C and will play Australia next in the Round of 16.
It was recently reported that Inter Miami were on the brink of securing Messi’s signature and bringing him to the MLS. However, recent reports have claimed that might not be the case.
Goal has reported that their current chances of landing a deal for Messi are ‘remote’ and that right now they have ‘no chance of being able to sign Messi for next season.’
The report goes onto explain that ‘Messi already knows that PSG is going to send him a renewal offer. As soon as the World Cup in Qatar ends, the Parisian club will present the Messi with a new contract.’
The fresh contract that PSG are proposing will be until 2025 with the option of a further year also within the contract.
The report claims that the French club have been ‘delighted’ with Messi’s attitude and commitment as well as his performances on the pitch.
Messi has been in excellent form for both club and country during 2022. Despite missing a penalty against Poland, he has had a good World Cup so far with two goals and an assist.
For PSG this season he has scored 12 goals and registered 14 assists.
Messi can still compete at the top
Despite heading towards the twilight of his career, there are no doubts of Messi’s ability to continue at the very highest level.
Transfer insider Graeme Bailey recently told TEAMtalk: “Inter Miami were confident about getting this deal done but then again they were also confident about getting Cristiano Ronaldo a few weeks ago – let’s not forget that.
“But Messi is different, he has spoken about his desire to move to America at some point, whilst Ronaldo is much more intent on continuing in Europe for as long as he can.
“That is not to say Messi does not have options, indeed arguably more than Ronaldo at this moment in time – PSG are desperate for him to stay and he has the option to go back to Barcelona.
“Messi’s people have been handling talks, but we will have to see if he confirms anything during the World Cup finals.”
The 35-year-old won’t be short of options at the end of the season and perhaps how the World Cup pans out will have an influence on his decision.
It now seems as if we are coming towards the end of an era which has been dominated by Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo himself has been linked with a big-money move to Saudi Arabia.
More details are likely to emerge of the next few weeks as the clock begins to tick on Messi’s future plans.