Lionel Messi: Paris St-Germain in talks with Argentine after leaving Barcelona

Last update on.From European FootballParis St-Germain is in discussions with Lionel Messi's representatives regarding the Argentina forward joining Ligue 1 after his Barcelona exit.BBC Sport was informed that the Messi camp contacted PSG Thursday after it became apparent that Barcelona could not honor the contract.On Saturday, further talks will take place amid growing confidence that a deal can still be reached.Barca stated that Messi, a non-restricted agent, would not be staying at the club on Thursday.The player left after 21 years of service because they were faced with "financial, structural and other obstacles".Joan Laporta, president of Barca, stated Friday that keeping Messi would have put the club in danger for 50 years.Since 1 July, Messi (34), has been a free agent. The club had to cut their wage bill to pay him, but he had already signed a five-year contract with reduced wages.Argentina's captain, the record scorer for Barcelona with 672 goals, has won 10 La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues. He also claimed the Ballon d'Or six times.Given his familiarity with many of the players at PSG, Messi feels comfortable with the idea to join them.Neymar was at Barcelona between 2013 and 2017, before he set a world record of 200m to PSG. Messi is still close to the Brazilian.Messi is on vacation this month with PSG's Neymar and Paredes, Di Maria, and VerratiMessi was photographed with Neymar and Argentina team-mates Angel di Maria, Leandro Paredes, and fellow PSG star Marco Verrati earlier in the month.Financial Fair Play would allow the deal to be made because PSG's summer recruitment was dominated by out-of-contract players such as defender Sergio Ramos and midfielder Georginio Woijnaldum. Right-back Achraf Hakimi came from Inter Milan.