PSG secured the summer deal when they signed Lionel Messi for free. The Parisians had a long-standing interest in the Argentine and chose him as soon as the six-time Ballon d’Or winner became available. The Ligue 1 giants ended competition from enough clubs to bring Messi to France.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi has revealed that he was asked to leave Barcelona. On the other hand, PSG should have sold Kylian Mbappé this summer, according to a former player.
Along those lines, here’s a look at PSG’s key transfer stories through October 9, 2021.
Lionel Messi reveals that he was asked to leave Barcelona
Lionel Messi has revealed that he was asked to leave Barcelona this summer. Speaking to France Football, as broadcast by The Athletic. The PSG star has said he returned from his summer vacation hoping to resume training with the Blaugrana and sign a contract extension.
“I returned to Barcelona (from the Copa América in July) to prepare for the season, after taking advantage of the extra vacation days that the coach (Ronald Koeman) had given me. I had in mind to sign my contract and start training immediately. I thought that everything was fixed, and that only my signature (in the contract) was missing ”, said Messi.
However, the Argentine received the scare of his life when he was informed that he could not extend his stay at the Camp Nou. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner also revealed that the decision hit him hard.
“But when I arrived in Barcelona they told me that it was no longer possible, that I could not stay, and that I had to find another club, because Barça could not afford to extend my contract. That changed my plans. It was extremely difficult to take,” he said. Messi.
PSG should have sold Kylian Mbappé this summer, says Nicolas Anelka
PSG should have sold Kylian Mbappé this summer, according to Nicolas Anelka. The Parisians turned down a € 200 million offer from Real Madrid for the Frenchman this summer, despite the fact that his contract expires in a year.
Speaking to RMC Sport, as broadcast by PSG Talk, Anelka claimed that having failed to renew his contract before the summer, the Ligue 1 giants should have left Mbappé.
“When you have a phenomenon like that, you re-sign it two years before. That’s a big mistake. If you can’t re-sign, you just sell. Even if they’ve been renegotiating for three years,” Anelka said. .
PSG monitors Barcelona prodigy Gavi
PSG is keeping a close eye on Barcelona prodigy Gavi, according to Caught Offside via El Nacional.
The 17-year-old has forced the soccer world to sit down and take notice after a series of impressive performances this season. PSG is among several clubs that are currently watching the teen with interest.
The Asturian has a release cause of just 50 million euros, which is of great interest to PSG. However, the player wants to continue his date with the Blaugrana right now, despite the prospect of playing alongside Barcelona legend Lionel Messi at the Parc des Princes.