Lionel Messi is currently the talk of the town following his heroics in the FIFA World Cup that helped Argentina secure the coveted title for the first time since 1986.
Messi was handed not only the Man of the Match award in the final but was also crowned as the Best Player of the Tournament. Naturally, his performances have only catapulted Barcelona’s desire to bring him back to Camp Nou by the start of next season.
To that end, Fabrizio Romano has come up with an update on Messi’s future, suggesting that the forward is yet to take a decision, as far as his next club is concerned. But there are multiple parties interested in securing his services at the end of the season.
Barcelona, for one, are harbouring the ‘dream’ of re-signing Messi next summer. But given the club’s troubles with Financial Fair Play, the club are not in a position to pursue the Argentine international, whose salary could break the wage structure of the club.
Therefore, it is PSG who are the favourites to keep hold of Messi next season. The French champions have prepared a fresh proposal for the former Barcelona superstar, whose current contract at Parc des Princes expires at the end of the season.
The new contract will hand PSG the opportunity to extend his contract until 2024. He may even have the option to extend his deal for a further year. PSG are also willing to maintain the current terms of the deal, but with additional bonuses.
The French giants are certain that they are the right club to help Messi continue his progress in Europe. They are soon expected to come up with an official proposal as well, even though Messi has refused to talk about his future just yet.
There have been approaches made by MLS club Inter Miami as well, and they remain interested. But there is nothing advanced on that front as was reported last month.
Following his exploits at the World Cup, Messi could decide to continue in Europe for another year and given Barcelona’s financial situation, a prolonged stay at PSG looks the likeliest possibility.