In an interview with L’Equipe, Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi has revealed Barcelona’s pursuit of Neymar as well his club’s links with Lionel Messi who has been a central figure in one of the most talked-about transfer sagas in the history of the game.
It can be recalled that the Argentine wizard was set to leave Barcelona at the end of the 2019/20 season after the infamous burofax incident. However, after a season of transition in 2020/21, Messi’s love for the club seems to have been reignited.
PSG were in pole position for the Argentine’s signature when the exit rumors heightened after his contract ends on June 30. It was even reported that the Ligue 1 giants who ended up as runners-up in France for the 2020/21 season offered him a contract a few weeks ago.
However, the speculations have died down as the Argentine seems to be heading closer to renewal with Barcelona. Regardless, during the interview, al-Khelaifi didn’t exactly deny the rumors.
“I’m not talking about ongoing negotiations, as I said. Besides, I told the Barcelona president that Messi was at the end of his contract and that all clubs have the right from January 1 to talk with him.”
“What I can tell you is that all the great players want to come to PSG but it’s not possible to bring everyone here. Messi is a fantastic player,” he added.
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When questioned about the Neymar saga, he confirmed approaches by Barcelona, saying: “We turned down an offer from Barcelona for Neymar and they tried until the end.”
“I think they have economic problems, but they are not our problems. Neymar believes in our project, he loves the city, the fans.”
Well, with these admissions by the PSG chief, it appears that there might still be room for the Parisiens to make a move for their man. Regardless, only Lionel Messi can end these speculations as he prepares for Copa America with Argentina. He might be staying put at Barcelona, after all.