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PSG in “direct contacts” with Lionel Messi - report

The French champions are acting fast

La Liga 2020/2021, FC Barcelona - Celta de Vigo Photo by Siu Wu/picture alliance via Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain are wasting no time in reacting to the bombshell news that Lionel Messi is not staying at Barcelona and have already started direct contacts with the player, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

Romano also provides further details on the backstory of the insane events of the last few hours. Everything was already agreed and Messi was ready to sign a new contract with Barça, but Joan Laporta told him the club is unable to register new deals due to the La Liga salary cap rules.

The “issues also with other players” part is about Sergio Agüero, Eric García, Memphis Depay and Emerson Royal, who have already been announced as Barça players but cannot be registered for the same reasons as Messi.

Messi at PSG seems like the logical next step given how much we’ve heard of the rumor and the fact that Neymar and Argentina national teammates Leandro Paredes and Ángel Di María are there, but it’s still really hard to process that the GOAT is leaving in these circumstances.

Joan Laporta is giving a press conference on Friday to shed some light into all this insanity, but it seems as though Messi will have a new home before too long.