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PSG to offer Messi contract extension after 2022 World Cup amid Barcelona and Inter Miami transfer talk

15:39 EAT 01/12/2022
Lionel Messi 2022-23
GOAL can confirm that Paris Saint-Germain will present Lionel Messi with a formal contract extension offer after the World Cup.
  • Messi's current deal expires next summer
  • PSG eager to tie him down for two more years
  • Forward has been linked with Barca return & MLS

WHAT'S HAPPENING? Messi initially joined PSG on a two-year deal in August 2021, with that agreement including the option for an extra year. The Argentina superstar helped the club to the Ligue 1 title in his debut season and has started 2022-23 in electrifying fashion, as he is still considered a vital part of the squad. GOAL understands that PSG have informed Messi that they will offer him a new two-year contract after the international break as a reward for his performances.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Messi has been strongly linked with a return to Barcelona in recent weeks, while a potential move to MLS outfit Inter Miami has also been mooted. However, GOAL can confirm that a transfer next summer is highly unlikely given no concrete negotiations have taken place with either club at this stage.

AND WHAT'S MORE: Messi is waiting until after the World Cup to make a final decision on his future, but it appears that PSG are in a strong position to retain his services through to 2025. The 35-year-old will be expected to play a part in the club's first game back against Strasbourg in Ligue 1 on December 28.


WHAT NEXT FOR MESSI? The PSG superstar will be back in World Cup action for his country when Argentina take on Australia in the last 16 on Saturday.