Messi agrees cope with PSG – Balague
Lionel Messi has agreed a two-year deal to affix Paris St-Germain following his shock exit from Barcelona, says BBC Sport columnist Guillem Balague.
The deal, which has the choice of a 3rd yr, is topic to a medical.
The Argentina captain, 34, left Barca – the one membership he has performed for – as they may not afford a brand new deal below La Liga’s monetary honest play guidelines.
A PSG news convention will happen within the auditorium of the Parc des Princes on Wednesday at 10:00 BST.
Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG completed second to Lille in Ligue 1 final season.
“It is all been confirmed. Lionel Messi goes to be a PSG player,” Balague stated on BBC Radio 5 Reside. “That is it, it is finished. It is occurred in the previous few minutes.
“In the intervening time there are as a lot police as there are followers [at the stadium]. That is going to alter quickly. There’s eight cameras right here, once more that is going to alter. It looks as if it’s a two-year deal, plus one.
“His concept was to do it at Barcelona however it will be PSG. Then if he feels OK he’ll keep another yr perhaps. However in any case his intention is to be at PSG after which to do nicely within the Qatar World Cup.”
Messi and his household had been pictured at Barcelona’s El Prat airport on Tuesday afternoon after news of the deal emerged.
When requested by reporters whether or not his son could be becoming a member of PSG, Jorge Messi answered “sure”.
Thought-about one of many biggest gamers of all time, Messi scored a file 672 objectives in 778 games for Barca, the membership he joined as a 13-year-old.
He gained the Ballon d’Or a file six occasions and lifted 35 trophies with the Catalan membership.
The signing of Messi – who could be reunited with former Barca team-mate Neymar on the Parc des Princes – is among the most noteworthy captures in soccer’s historical past.
He’ll play in a entrance three alongside the 2 most costly gamers of all time – Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Until there are any late hitches, he’ll turn out to be PSG’s fourth free-transfer signing this summer time after the arrivals of Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, Spain defender Sergio Ramos and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Extremely rated Morocco right-back Achraf Hakimi additionally joined from Inter Milan.
PSG are but to win the Champions League in a decade of Qatari possession and subsequent heavy funding, with the 2020 remaining defeat in opposition to Bayern Munich the closest they’ve come.
Balague stated: “Clearly what PSG’s possession need is a crew that’s within the Champions League remaining yearly.
“With Messi you could have a bonus. Pochettino being in cost and his contract being renewed as nicely means they’ve an concept how to do this and Messi will complement that.
“They are going to win the league, that is nearly a given now, although they misplaced final season. Will probably be a much less aggressive league which implies he will likely be recent in fact, or must be, for the Champions League marketing campaign.”
Messi had agreed a brand new deal – on 50% of his outdated wages – to remain at Barcelona however the membership couldn’t afford to implement it as a result of they had been to date above the wage restrict allowed by La Liga.
“He used to earn 140m euros gross a yr at Barca, that is round £125m,” stated Balague. “Take off about 40-50% for tax.
“He agreed to remain at Barcelona by decreasing his wages by 50%, no more than that as a result of that is unlawful [under Spanish law]. Mainly the league would not consider he was decreasing his wages to zero, which is what Barcelona could have tried to do as they’re 1bn euros in debt. Mainly they can not afford him.”
If the deal goes via shortly, he may make his PSG debut at residence to Strasbourg on Saturday.