Lionel Messi’s contract with Barcelona came to an end and along the way, the Argentine was linked with various clubs such as Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain.
Lionel Messi officially ends his contract with Barcelona this day and although the culé board is confident that the Argentine will continue in the squad, many teams from the Old Continent have been linked to La ‘Pulga’ almost a year after the famous burofax he sent ‘ Leo ‘to ask for his departure from the Catalan team.
Among all the clubs linked to Messi, Manchester City and PSG were the most prominent cases, with the Premier League team as a strong candidate to take the attacker from La Albiceleste due to his good relationship with Pep Guardiola and Sergio Aguero.
However, despite the fact that the English and Spanish press revealed details of the attractive offer that City would present to Lionel to convince him, the club would never present an official proposal to Barcelona and when Manchester celebrated their Premier League title to At the end of May, Guardiola revealed to the BBC the possibility that ‘Kun’ would go to Barcelona to play with Messi, so the illusion of City fans to see the Argentine duo on the field faded.
“This is pretty sure, maybe I’ll reveal a secret. Maybe Sergio Agüero is very close to closing an agreement with the club of my heart, FC Barcelona. He is going to play with the best player of all time, Lionel Messi, and I’m very sure that he will enjoy it a lot and it will make my club, Barcelona, much stronger with him on the field, “said Pep.
For its part, PSG, one of the richest clubs on the planet, was also a protagonist in Messi’s history due to the good relationship that exists between Neymar and Leo and even a few weeks ago, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, president of the Parisian team, revealed that he had spoken with Joan Laporta, Barcelona’s top president, to indicate that they had the freedom to negotiate with the Blaugrana idol.
“I told him that Messi is at the end of his contract and that all clubs have the right to speak with him”Al-Khelaifi declared to L’Equipe.
On the other hand, at the end of 2020, the English newspaper The Sun reported that Chelsea was analyzing the possibility of hiring the Argentine star due to his intentions to win the Champions League. Curiously, the ‘Blues’ conquered the ‘Orejona’ last season and it does not seem that it is in their plans to sign La ‘Pulga’ although the London club could sign the former Real Madrid player, Sergio Ramos.
In Italy, Inter Milan and Juventus were also linked with Messi, the ‘Nerazzurri’ being one of the clubs most closely related to the Argentine after he announced his wish to leave Barcelona after the end of the 2019/20 season. In fact, Josep Maria Minguella, who was a key player in the arrival of ‘Leo’ to the culé club, told Cadena COPE in August last year that Messi would go to Serie A due to the tax issue.
“For me, Messi already has a team: Inter. In Italy they pay less taxes for what could be, in fact, there is Cristiano Ronaldo“, he indicated.
In the end, Lionel would remain at Barcelona and currently it looks difficult for Inter to sign the Blaugrana star due to the financial crisis that the club is going through after winning the Serie A title.
Lionel Messi and Barcelona, according to Jordi Blanco of ESPNThey are closing “small details” to make their stay at the club official, although the reality, for the moment, is that La ‘Pulga’ has not signed the renewal.