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PSG Confirm Lionel Messi’s 2-Year Contract

Messi arrives in Pars as he edges closer and closer to signing for PSG

August 10, (THEWILL) – The awaited confirmation came from the French club Paris Saint-Germain after they went public to announce the signing of former Barcelona icon Lionel Messi on a free transfer from the Catalan side to France.

It had been highly anticipated since Messi addressed a Press Conference on Sunday that the next stage of the saga was an announcement of his next contract with PSG highly favoured to gain from the Argentine’s shock exit from Barcelona.

There were so few indications that Messi was not going to be in the Barca squad upon his return from the international break after a successful Copa America tournament where he grabbed his first senior international trophy. The details of a deal were already worked out with Barca and he was expected to sign it to resume in time for next season.

But, according to club President Joan Laporta, La Liga’s financial restriction offered Barca no room to do the deal, no matter how much they wanted to sign him on, and no matter how much Messi was interested in continuing at Camp Nou.

It was not long after that PSG swooped in for the steal of the transfer season. As the only club able to afford what it will cost to bring Messi in, other than Manchester City, they could not let the opportunity of a lifetime slip past them.

There were reports that City were also interested, as they have been for some seasons now, especially given the special relationship that exists between their manager Pep Guardiola, who used to manage Messi at Barca, and the esteemed Argentine. But City had just committed a £100 million to bringing in Jack Grealish from Aston Villa, and rather continued their chase of Tottenham striker Harry Kane instead.

This was the state of play that led Messi to hold talks with PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino in the aftermath of his proposed resignation with Barca becoming impossible. The confirmation from PSG shows that Barca’s loss is the gain of the French giants, who had been undergoing a solid rebuilding to regain their title from Lille.

Messi will now become part of that project that will allow PSG better their chances of not just becoming French champions again but contend most favourably in the UEFA Champions League. The 34-year-old will join fellow Argentines Pochettino and Angel di Maria as the French club builds what looks to be one of the strongest squads in Europe at the moment.

Smart business have seen them sign the following players on free transfers: Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid, Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool, Gianluigi Donnarumma from AC Milan, while paying for Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan. They will join Neymar who renewed his contract last year to challenge for everything in their path.

There is a small little business left, to convince French forward and their youngest goal-centurion Kylian Mbappe to sign an extension to his deal that runs out next summer. The striker’s hold out appears to be connected with interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Possibly, the confirmation of Messi’s arrival will be huge enough to persuade Mbappe to buy into their project and extend his stay at the Parc des Princes with Les Parisiens.