Lionel Messi will be pursued by Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain if he chooses to leave Barcelona behind, reports say. The prospect of the Argentina international moving away from the Nou Camp appears slim. However, that hasn’t stopped speculation from linking him with a blockbuster move away from Catalonia when the transfer window reopens.
Messi has grown frustrated at Barcelona, with the Argentina international unhappy with matters both on and off the field.
Back in the summer he wanted the club to re-sign Neymar from PSG but, instead, they landed Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.
Yet the France international has struggled at the Nou Camp and Messi is far from happy. He was also angry when Ernesto Valverde was sacked and replaced with Quique Setien back in February.
Now, there’s talk Messi could leave Barcelona – even if that appears remote.
And Argentinian TV channel VarskySports have claimed United and PSG are leading the race for Messi at the current time.
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And Barcelona’s strained relationship with PSG also suggests that Messi would be unlikely to follow in Neymar’s footsteps by moving to the Parc des Princes.
Meanwhile, former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has opened up on Messi.
And he feels the veteran is ‘too intelligent’ to be used in next summer’s elections at the La Liga club.
“Messi will not allow himself to be used in that way,” Rosell said in an interview with ESPN.
“He’s far too intelligent to be used as a pawn in an electoral campaign.”
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Rosell also expressed a belief that Barcelona will find life without Messi ‘difficult’ when he eventually walks away from the Nou Camp.
“It’s going to be complicated for Barca without Messi,” he added.
“You have to change all the ideas related to the system of play, but also the internal operations of the club and even the marketing.
“If Messi does leave – and I hope he will be here for many years – you cannot look for another Messi, because it simply doesn’t exist.”
Messi is expected to feature when Barcelona face Villarreal in their La Liga showdown on Sunday night (9pm).
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