Lionel Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain is edging closer to completion with the forward now expected in Paris.
According to The Athletic, Lionel Messi and PSG have agreed terms on his move to the French capital, with the announcement edging closer.
It is understood free-agent Messi will be paid a sign-on fee of €25 million and has been presented with a two-year contract with a net salary of €25 million per year; the deal includes an option of a third-year at the same rate.
Reports in Spain overnight suggested Barcelona had made a last-ditch attempt to keep Messi at the Nou Camp. Chief executive Ferran Reverter was reported by La Porteria to have been in touch with Messi’s camp.
But sources close to the player denied receiving a formal proposal. He has now accepted PSG’s offer to move to the Parc des Princes.
Barcelona confirmed in a statement on Thursday that Messi, who has been a free agent since July 1 when his contract with the club expired, will not be staying at the club “because of financial and structural obstacles”.
On Sunday morning, Messi broke down in tears when he confirmed he was leaving Barcelona after 21 years at his farewell press conference.
He said: “This year my family and I were convinced we were going to stay here, at home, that is what we all wanted. We thought we would be staying here in Barcelona. The time we’ve had here has been amazing. Today I have to say goodbye to all of this.”