Superstar Lionel Messi could soon depart PSG and potentially open the door to MLS. In the latest developments in the saga, the French club is mulling the idea to let their star leave for free this summer. Messi’s contract with the club runs out following the completion of the current campaign.
The two sides have been in negotiations over a fresh contract for months now. While it appears both would be open to a compromise, the club could be looking to cut costs. PSG were previously fined more than $10 million for breaching Financial Fair Play rules. The free spenders are also subject to an additional $70 million fine should they continue to ignore spending limits.
Parisians hoping to reduce player’s weekly wages
Messi’s contract is currently astronomical. According to the Daily Mail, the Parisians reportedly pay the Argentina international about $915,000-per-week in wages. The French side are attempting to lower this salary during the contract negotiations with Messi.
Along with Messi, PSG is also apparently considering a similar move with Sergio Ramos. The former Real Madrid star also makes massive money from the team. Much like Messi, Ramos is about to run out his current contract as well. Allowing both aging stars to leave the club would significantly reduce the squad’s player wages.
French news outlet L’Equipe claims that Saudi Arabian clubs are ready to offer both players lucrative deals. The report suggests that Al-Hilal have been in talks with Messi’s father and would offer more money than Cristiano Ronaldo received from Al-Nassr. According to the source, Messi is also “leaning” towards leaving the French capital this summer.
MLS teams may work together to bring PSG star Messi across the pond
Besides a move to the Middle East, Messi also has offers to play in the United States. Spanish publication Sport recently claimed that Major League Soccer teams could work together to help pay Messi’s salary. The American teams could potentially raise up to $1 million a week to entice Messi to come Stateside. Although seemingly an odd move, all MLS clubs would benefit from having the superstar in the league.
Inter Miami, co-owned by former Manchester United star David Beckham, would be an interesting option for Messi. The club has been linked with the Argentine for months and head coach Phil Neville has been vocal about bringing Messi to Florida as well.
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