Soon to be a free agent, Lionel Messi is now at the heart of a ton of transfer speculation. The Argentine is reportedly not leaning towards extending his contract at the club, which has opened up rumours regarding his return to Barcelona.
In fact, recent reports have stated that Joan Laporta recently called and apologised to Leo to calm down the bad blood between them. The duo’s relationship ended poorly after Messi left the club on a free transfer in 2021.
Meanwhile, multiple rumours have surfaced regarding Messi’s current situation in Paris.
One of them stated that the player left Tuesday’s training session early due to problems with the coach Christopher Galtier.
Another said that PSG is not ready to accept Messi’s conditions to sign a new PSG deal, which were said to be on similar terms as Kylian Mbappe’s record-breaking contract that was signed in the summer of 2022.
Finally, the last one claimed that Leo had reportedly demanded €600 million in yearly salary to join Al-Hilal, who are interested in the player’s signature in June.
His father and agent, Jorge Messi, however, has taken to Instagram to deny all of these news, saying, “When are you going to stop lying? Wheres the proof? Ohhh, it’s because everything is false…OK!”
“As many sirens they put, don’t believe anything. WE’RE NOT GOING TO TOLERATE FAKE NEWS TO GAIN FOLLOWERS ANYMORE.”
Nobody from Messi’s entourage or PSG have said anything regarding the player’s renewal. Galtier, too, refused to comment on the situation when asked about it yesterday.
“It’s still too early to speak about Messi’s contract extension. I know that Leo, the management and the president discuss a lot. On Leo to be here next season, I repeat: it’s the will of each other. Messi is happy here.”
One can expect this situation to prolong for the next few months while Barcelona try to sort out their financial situation just enough to send an offer to the player.