UPDATE: Messi is expected to join Paris Saint-Germain on a two year deal with a one-year option, per Mohamed Bouhafsi. The journalist is reporting the team is looking to get the deal done over the weekend, “and is set to meet with Jorge Messi in the next few hours.”
Lionel Messi will not continue at Barcelona despite entering an agreement to sign a contract due to La Liga economic and structural regulations, according to Fabrizio Romano. Messi had previously agreed to sign a five-year contract with the only club he’s ever known, but it’s becoming clear that price is not sustainable in the Spanish league structure.
Barcelona has been busy in the transfer window, adding Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay to overhaul an aging team around Messi. The Argentina superstar himself looked to be on the way out, but the club and player reportedly had reached an agreement.
La Liga had reportedly reached an agreement with investment fund CVC in order to bring funds to the league struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. A portion of those funds were to be directed to Barcelona to finalize an agreement with Messi, although that appears to be far from the case now.
With Messi looking to move out, Manchester City becomes the favorite to land the star. Messi’s relationship with manager Pep Guardiola and City’s seemingly limitless wealth make the move a real possibility. Paris Saint-Germain is also an option, although it’s unlikely the French giants have the money to bring in Messi’s contract without offloading players.
Barcelona was slightly favored to win La Liga ahead of Real Madrid, but the Catalan club is now second at +180 according to DraftKings Sportsbook. Messi was the top pick to lead the league in scoring, but that category is now off the board. Barcelona is +1400 to win the Champions League.