PSG can easily afford Messi, insists Pastore

The Argentine midfielder claims the Ligue 1 champions will be ready to strike a deal if the Barcelona star decides to leave Camp Nou
Javier Pastore says Paris Saint-Germain are ready to make a move for Lionel Messi if the Barcelona attacker were to become available and claims money would not be a problem.

Messi has endured a turbulent relationship with the club hierarchy in recent months and question marks over his future at the club have been raised again after the departures of sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and Carles Puyol this week.

The prolific attacker suggested earlier this season that his long-term future could lie away from Camp Nou, and Pastore believes PSG would be right at the head of the queue to sign him should the opportunity arise.

"If Messi were to leave Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain's owner will be right there to strike a deal," Pastore was quoted as saying by TyC Sports.

"Money will not be a problem. The club has the resources to buy a number of Messis."

Messi has a contract with Barcelona until the summer of 2018, but has a buyout clause of €250 million.

The 27-year-old attacker has been in sublime form in 2014-15, netting 23 goals in as many appearances in all competitions.

He was crowned all-time top scorer of both La Liga and the Champions League earlier this season, though he remains second-favourite behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the 2014 Ballon d'Or.