PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes says a move to Paris is up to Lionel Messi and shows that the Ligue 1 giants are trying to convince the Barcelona star to move for free this summer
- Lionel Messi only has six months left on his contract with Barcelona
- Argentina is expected to leave after becoming increasingly unhappy
- Leandro Paredes hopes that his compatriot will choose to move to Paris
A move to PSG is with Lionel Messi. According to Leandro Paredes, the French giants are trying to convince Barcelona’s wanton star to join this summer.
Messi’s future is a hot topic as he enters the last six months of his contract at Barcelona after being so close to leaving last summer.
With the 33-year-old becoming increasingly likely to end his stint at Nou Camp, the Ligue 1 champions are one of the few clubs in the world that can afford it.
Leandro Paredes (right) has given a hint about the future of Lionel Messi (left)
With Messi out of contract this summer, Paredes would like him to join PSG
And he hopes that Mauricio Pochettino’s presence in the dugout could waver
“It’s up to Leo to come to the club because PSG are trying to convince him,” Paredes told Corriere dello Sport.
“To be trained by a coach from your country and the opportunity to play with Leo is a great opportunity … I hope it happens.”
In addition to being able to meet up with international teammates Paredes and Angel Di Maria, Messi would reunite with former Barcelona teammate Neymar in Paris when he joins.
Mauricio Pochettino and PSG are “trying” to convince Messi to join, Paredes claim
Manchester City are also the leading competitor in the race and Barca were reportedly upset with PSG’s tactics.
Both PSG sporting director Leonardo and manager Pochettino have expressed their wish for Messi to play at Parc des Princes next season – a trick that did not work well in Catalonia.
The Spanish publication reports that Barcelona believe PSG are using the same methods they used to trick Neymar into swapping the clubs for a world record £ 198million in August 2017, next main target.