Lionel Messi and Neymar Júnior are not only one of the best two players on the planet but they have also been consistently present in heavy transfer rumours over the course of the summer. As we know, the Argentine wanted to leave Barcelona to join Manchester City and Pep Guardiola in the Premier League while the Brazilian wanted to make a grand return to the Catalan capital.
Neither got his wish, however, and they stayed with their respective clubs for the time being. But this could only be a temporary solution for at least one of the two superstars. Neymar wants Messi to join him in France and it seems that’s the only way Paris Saint-Germain are going to keep the ex-Blaugrana in the team.
Not only that but according to ESPN’s new sources, Neymar has been talking to the club’s sporting director, Leonardo, about signing the Argentine since the summer. PSG were interested back then as well but the Citizens were clearly ahead in the race.
However, the French outfit hasn’t lost their interest just yet. Messi may not be able to leave Barcelona until next June but he can start negotiating with other clubs from the first of January.
Of course, another thing to consider is that the Catalans are getting a new president on 24 January and that could very well impact Messi’s decision to leave the club. But if the new president can’t convince him with a proper sporting project, PSG could be a tempting offer indeed.
If that fails, Neymar could also want to leave Paris once again and perhaps even head back home to Barcelona. For that reason, and since Messi’s wages would be extraordinarily high, PSG will first aim to deal with their own players’ deals, namely Neymar and Kylian Mbappé’s.
Once that is done, they can start thinking about potentially getting Messi.
Three key player stats from the Vallecano 1-2 Barcelona game
Barcelona managed to beat Raya Vallecano 2-1 away in the Copa del Rey round of 16. Three interesting stats popped up from Frenkie De Jong, Lionel Messi, and Antoine Griezmann.
Frenkie De Jong has become Barcelona’s goal-scoring midfielder. In his recent games, Ronald Koeman decided to use him in the attack, and it looks like its truly paying off.
Frenkie De Jong has scored 4 goals in his last 7 games for Barcelona. Machine. pic.twitter.com/SuehXxWHlz— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) January 27, 2021
While Lionel Messi has missed quite some chances tonight, he got his goal and pre-assist for the game and continues to be the difference-maker.
Antoine Griezmann is in good form recently. Despite the fact that he was criticised a lot at the beginning of the season, it seems that he has finally found his rhythm.
Antoine Griezmann has now 4 goals and 3 assists in his last 6 games for Barcelona.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) January 27, 2021