The Lionel Messi transfer saga first took charge in the summer of 2020, when the Argentine confessed his desire to leave Barcelona, negotiating a move with Manchester City. The English outfit were more than keen in Messi’s services, and were unrivalled for his signature, with other clubs suffering drastically in the COVID-struck market.
However, as the months have unfolded, City have found themselves in what is probably in second place in a two-horse race as Paris Saint-Germain have come up as suitors for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner. After all, the Parisians boast of Messi’s best friend, Neymar Jr. within their ranks. The Brazilian made the most use of his relationship as well, publicly expressing his desire to reunite with Messi on the pitch.
These statements were soon backed up by PSG Sporting Director Leonardo, who confessed that the club was trying to bring in Messi. To continue the continuous series of hits, Messi’s national teammate Leandro Paredes has admitted that PSG are trying to persuade the Argentine to join the team.
“It is up to Leo if he wants to come because PSG is trying to convince him. Being trained by a coach from your country is great. I hope it happens,” Paredes said in an interview with Corriere dello Sport, as relayed by Marca. The man in question – Mauricio Pochettino -, who joined the French capital club after Thomas Tuchel was dismissed from that role.
Paredes has played 27 games for Argentina, and has shared the pitch with Messi on several occasions. Six of which came in the Copa Del Rey 2019 when Argentina finished third. The duo also started together against Peru in the latest international break, in November.
Joining PSG will also allow Messi to catch up with former international teammate Angel di Maria, who has never shied away from praising Leo, hailing him as a better footballer than his former Real Madrid-teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.