Manchester United handed worrying Pogba update as Lionel Messi nears PSG
Lionel Messi on the verge of joining PSG
It has been hard to avoid the news this week that Lionel Messi will not be playing football for Barcelona in the future. The Argentine, who had been a free agent since July 1st, was expected to sign a new deal to keep him at the Camp Nou for the forseeable future, but instead a statement was released explaining that this couldn’t happen for financial reasons.
LATEST NEWS | Leo #Messi will not continue with FC Barcelona
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 5, 2021
While several destinations for the footballing wizard were mooted, Manchester City ruled themselves out of the equation and interest from Chelsea has, publicly at least, not been forthcoming.
This has left Paris Saint Germain as the only logical destination, and transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that a two year deal with the French club is imminent.
Leo Messi farewell press conference in one hour, at Camp Nou. Starting from next week Leo’s expected to complete the agreement with Paris Saint-Germain after positive verbal talks. 🇦🇷🇫🇷 #Messi
Contract until June 2023 + option until 2024. €35 net per season [add ons included].
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 8, 2021
Manchester United handed Paul Pogba blow
The move for Lionel Messi, which involves a 25 million pound sign-on fee and a salary of 25 million pounds per year has clearly set PSG back significantly.
As a result, The Athletic report that they will no longer look to make a move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba this summer, despite previously showing interest.
💰PSG internal cost analysis: believe Messi will “pay for himself” through sponsors, ticketing, tours & raise Ligue 1 profile
🇶🇦 confidence he goes to Qatar WC 2022
🚨PSG now have 10 players available for sale + want Pogba to run down contract (2/3) https://t.co/2wfAiyIcCB
— Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) August 8, 2021
Rather, they are set to ask the Frenchman to run down his contract, which has just 12 months left on it, and join the Paris side on a free transfer next summer.
This comes as a blow for the Red Devils who, although they will have 12 months more of Pogba in their midfield ranks, now risk not getting a fee for their record signing.