Paris Saint-Germain’s sporting director Leonardo admitted that his side had felt tempted to sign Lionel Messi in the transfer market this summer, after hearing the superstar wanted to leave Barcelona.
Lionel Messi is said to have felt embarrassed by the current situation in Barcelona, this made the captain plan to leave Barcelona in the transfer market this summer.
In fact, reportedly the 33-year-old striker has sent a transfer request to Barcelona, so the club can release him for free.
But, Barcelona must work hard to make Messi stay longer, they then emphasized that the team interested in Messi must pay 700 million Euro, if they want the services of the 6 Ballon d’Or winner.
Indeed, that is a very large number, leaving only two candidates for Messi’s destination club, which include Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG actually were tempted to sign La Pulga, a figure of that size was still within their reach, but the club was still hindered by the rules of the Financial Fair Play and finally discouraged them.
“We are clearly thinking about it. There are complicated situations with Financial Fair Play, but when we heard Messi might be in the market… it teased us. We asked ourselves if that was really possible. ”
“There are some really extraordinary players. The problem now is all clubs have to sell before they can buy and PSG do too. But it’s tough, because nobody’s buying, “he told Canal +.
Paris Saint-Germain itself is currently working under the direction of Thomas Tuchel, where the German coach not only defends the Ligue 1 title but also brings the club to the Champions League Final for the first time in history.
However, the tactician has only one season left on his contract, while rumors have recently been heard of the appointment of Allegri as the new coach. This news was later denied by Leonardo.
“Everything is very clear with Tuchel. We talked a lot. He achieved something fantastic, now we take the time to reflect, but I have never contacted any other coach and that includes Allegri.” He said.