- Messi set to leave PSG
- Several PL sides have emerged
- Messi's father has accepted record Saudi offer
WHAT HAPPENED? The Argentine sees his contract at the Parc des Princes expire next month, with no progress as yet on an extension. As talk around his future rages on, most prominently surrounding a romantic return to Barcelona, Fabrizio Romano has reported that a decision will be made by Messi in the coming days. While Saudi outfit Al-Hilal and MLS side Inter Miami have also registered their interest in the past, Argentine outlet Ole has now revealed that several unnamed Premier League clubs have emerged as potential destinations.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: As has been well documented, Messi's return to Barca - however obviously it is encouraged by famous Blaugrana names, both past and present - is dependent on the club's precarious financial situation. Even with the departures of Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets, Messi's exorbitant wages may be too high for La Liga's strict regulations. The Premier League, meanwhile, has much less stringent laws and an abundance of wealthy clubs, although the interested parties unnamed.
AND WHAT'S MORE: Furthermore, in the aftermath of Ole's report, French outlet Foot Mercato has claimed that Messi's agent and father Jorge has accepted a world-record offer from Saudi side Al-Hilal. The reported total would amount to a staggering €1.2 billion (£1.1bn/$1.3bn) over two years - more than double the salary of eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr. Foot Mercato notes that while Messi's preferred option would be a return to Barca, their financial instability is making the prospect of a move to the Gulf state increasingly alluring.
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WHAT NEXT FOR MESSI? Despite such uncertainty, the Argentine was still able to record a whopping 41 goal contributions in 40 matches for the Parisians this term, having a giant hand in their Ligue 1 title defence over Strasbourg on Saturday. PSG's campaign draws to a close at home to Clermont Foot on June 3, which will likely be Messi's last match for the Ligue 1 side.