Neymar talks to Messi about joining PSG from Barcelona


Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar spoke to Lionel Messi by phone on Thursday about the possibility of the Barcelona captain joining the French club, sources told ESPN.Messi’s future has become a topic of considerable discussion after shocking Barcelona by telling them he wanted to leave on Tuesday.

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As ESPN reported on Wednesday, PSG are closely monitoring the situation but have yet to make an offer or contact Messi’s father Jorge, who is also his agent.

However, Neymar has started lobbying to be reunited in Paris with former teammate Messi. Neymar joined PSG from Barca in 2017 with a record € 222million transfer, but has remained close to Messi. In fact, Messi insisted last summer that the Catalan club bring Neymar back to Barcelona, ​​which failed.

PSG midfielder Angel Di Maria, a close friend of Messi and teammate of the Argentina national team, also spoke with Messi.

With the regulation of financial fair play, it would be difficult for PSG to materialize this agreement but not impossible as sources pointed out Thursday evening. With the departure of Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Meunier, PSG has considerably reduced its payroll.

The key is said to be in the transfer fees that PSG may have to pay Barca for Messi’s services. If Messi, 33, can really leave with a free transfer or for a relatively small fee, Parisians will feel they can pull this one out. Messi’s contract runs until 2021 and includes a € 700million release clause. However, Messi is hoping to execute a clause that would allow him to leave for free.

However, sources also told ESPN’s Rodrigo Faez and Moises Llorens that Manchester City are considering offering Messi a long-term contract that would see him move to MLS partner club New York City FC after three years in the Premier League. .

Neymar is on vacation in Ibiza right now with his family, along with other PSG players like Di Maria, Keylor Navas and Mauro Icardi and their families, enjoying a few days off before returning to Paris for the start of the season. of Ligue 1.


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