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Paris Saint-Germain “very confident” they will sign Lionel Messi this summer - report

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The French club believes it is in pole position to bring in the Barcelona captain

Paris Saint-Germain v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg Two Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain’s board of directors is “very confident” that the club is in pole position to acquire the services of Barcelona captain Lionel Messi on a free transfer this summer, according to a report from Brazilian journalist Marcelo Bechler.

Bechler’s sources have told him that PSG’s chiefs are “convinced” they have the best sporting project to offer Messi, and the salary they can pay the Argentine is far superior than that of Barcelona’s or any other club.

Also according to Bechler, PSG’s players were “relieved” that Barça weren’t able to make the comeback in the Champions League on Wednesday, and one player allegedly said in the dressing room after the game, “This is the last time he came to this stadium as our opponent”.

The report also says that Messi is completely focused in the final 13 games of Barcelona’s season and will not consider his future until the campaign is over, and after that he will sit down and talk to new Barça president Joan Laporta and also listen to offers from other clubs — including PSG.

Messi’s contract with Barcelona is up at the end of the season.