PSG, City, Real, USA: Where does Messi go?
The news has shaken the football world like a drumbeat. Lionel Messi will not sign a new contract with FC Barcelona. An era is thus coming to an end. But where does Messi go? The most realistic options seem to be the rich sheikh clubs in Europe. Or is a sensation on the horizon?
PSG: Dream attack with Neymar and Mbappe?
The most realistic version is currently the French capital club. Just a few days ago, Messi was photographed together with some PSG stars. A sign? PSG could certainly afford Messi.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team has already strengthened itself for the new season with top-class stars for free. Accordingly, Sergio Ramos, EURO star Gianluigi Donnarumma and Georginio Wijnaldum are moving to Parc des Princes without a fee. Right-back Achraf Hakimi will also join the club.
A transfer of Messi would complete the dream forward line around Neymar and Mbappe. Paris would definitely be considered a dream team and favourites for the Champions League title.
Reunion with Pep at Man City?
A second alternative for Messi would be a move to the island. Manchester City have just secured Jack Grealish for the record transfer fee of around 100 million pounds. But Pep Guardiola, who has been criticised a lot, will certainly not shy away from further large sums in order to have Messi back in his ranks. With Messi, Guardiola won the triple at Barcelona. An interest on the part of the Citizens in signing the Argentine was already communicated last summer.
However, it is questionable whether Messi would want to endure the temperatures in England for himself and his family. Moreover, it is generally known that he has only a limited command of the English language.
The Sensation: Messi to Real Madrid?
So if the 6-time world footballer wants to continue enjoying the benefits of life on the Iberian peninsula, there is really only one club left: Barcelona’s arch rival Real Madrid. A move to the royals seems highly unlikely for the time being. However, Madrid is still looking for a top transfer for the new season.
The target was originally Kylian Mbappe. But the Frenchman is also in contract talks with PSG, where they would be reluctant to let the Frenchman go and have recently even threatened him with the stands. Should Real not manage to get hold of Mbappe in the current transfer phase, could Florentino Pérez launch a transfer offensive for Lionel Messi?
Early “retirement” to the USA?
In addition to rumours of top European transfers, speculation has been mounting for some time about a move by Messi to the Major Soccer League in America. According to reports, Inter Miami, where David Beckham is co-owner, wants to sign the 34-year-old for the final years of his career.
The current occasion could put the club on the track to pilot Messi to the USA ahead of time and provide him with a worthwhile contract.