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Lionel Messi receives an “unsurpassed” offer to leave Barcelona

Barcelona are doing all they can to keep Lionel Messi from leaving, but they can offer little competition to a lucrative deal.

Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona continues to be a major talking point. The Argentine has just over two months left on his contract at the Camp Nou and despite the club’s best efforts, an extension has still not been agreed. Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are thought to be particularly alert about the situation, and the latter have taken a lead.

TNT Sports claims that PSG are lining up an “unsurpassed” offer to sign Messi during the summer. Messi will be offered a two-year contract at the Parc des Princes, with an option for it to be extended by an extra year. Financially, it is thought that the Barcelona superstar will pocket a bumper windfall, something which will not be possible in Catalonia.

With Kylian Mbappe closer to potentially joining Real Madrid than extending his stay in Paris, it is understandable by the Parisians are keen on signing Messi. While the 33-year-old will be a massive addition to the club’s sporting facet, he will also be an extremely marketable asset alongside Neymar, for the Champions League semi-finalists.

Although Messi’s contract at Barcelona expires soon, it is hard to see him leaving the club after this season. In truth, the forward seems a lot happier with the Blaugrana than he was last summer and the squad too, has certainly bloomed under Ronald Koeman in the last few months. Joan Laporta’s election as president has also brought in unprecedented hope at the club.

One of the main reasons why Messi was keen on leaving last summer was because of a lack of sporting project at Barcelona, but that certainly seems like a thing of the past. Despite being the world’s highest paid player, loyalty seems to have a higher ranking in Messi’s book as compared to a lucrative contract, which is why he is likely take a pay-cut and stay at Barca.

In which direction will Messi’s future swing, as per you?