Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel dropped a bombshell regarding Lionel Messi’s future when opened the door for the Argentinean to join the club this summer
There’s a genuine feeling that Messi has never been closer to leaving Barcelona, despite only a year ago he was increasingly heading towards a single-club career.
Frustrated with a lack of long-term planning and the club’s inability to compete for silverware, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has reportedly informed Barca chiefs of his desire to depart this summer.
The Catalans have not only surrendered the La Liga title to Real Madrid, but they also bowed out of the Champions League quarter-finals in embarrassing manner.
Indeed, an 8-2 humbling to Bayern Munich seems to have been the final straw, as the 33-year-old wizard looks to sever ties with his boyhood club after 24 years.
Barcelona 'to replace Lionel Messi with Paulo Dybala transfer THIS summer' https://t.co/GVap1wQfQP— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) August 23, 2020
Arrived at Camp Nou aged eight, Messi came through the ranks at the club only to become a symbol of Barcelona’s abundant domestic and European dominance over the past two decades.
With 634 goals under his belt, the worldwide superstar is the club’s all-time top-scorer. He has won four Champions League titles and ten La Liga crowns since making a senior breakthrough in 2004.
Widely-regarded as one of the best players to ever grace the game, the Argentina captain has recently become a subject of interest from Inter Milan and Manchester City.
However, Paris Saint-Germain are one of very few club on the planet able to afford Messi’s whopping wages and his exorbitant £627.96million release clause.
Thomas Tuchel (PSG head coach): "Lionel Messi? He's very welcome, very welcome! (laughs)" pic.twitter.com/0IQsfs0Wlh— barcacentre (@barcacentre) August 23, 2020
Asked to provide an update on an alleged interest in the left-footed magician, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel replied: “What coach says no to Messi?”
“I think Messi finishes his career in Barcelona. He is Mr Barcelona,” Tuchel added, as relayed by BBC.
Tuchel, who saw his side suffer a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Sunday, has remained coy on PSG’s plans for the summer transfer window.
“We decided not to talk about transfers in this period,” he said. “We will sit together in the next days. We have many things to do to keep the level of the squad.”