FC Barcelona’s announcement of Lionel Messi’s departure is already having a domino effect across Europe. Argentina are being linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, with Real Madrid hoping the French giants will be ready to give up their transfer target.
Los Blancos are voicing their desire to bring PSG to the Santiago Bernabeu to promote PSG. However, club president Florentino Perez respected the PSG’s position before taking action.
PSG president Nasir al-Khalifa announced that the player was not for sale, despite refusing to sign an extension to the MBAP agreement. Both France and Real Madrid seem to be resigning, thinking they will have to wait until the end of their contract next season.
However, the sudden availability of Messi has completely changed everything. The PSG now has a big decision to make. If they bring in Macy’s, they know their wage bill will be significantly higher. Thus, it is likely that they will eventually be ready to listen to Real Madrid’s offer.
Los Blancos have been very conservative in the transfer market for the past year, and the departures of both Sergio Ramos and Rafael Varane have left them with a little more cash to inject into the MBAP initiative.
Now it’s a waiting game, waiting for this call from Perez al-Khalifa.
In the current climate, many clubs cannot afford to sign Messi, and with Mbabane refusing to extend his contract, PSG will likely reconsider its position on allowing him to leave. However, it is difficult to ignore the transfer fee of 150 million euros. If they do not give up now, they risk leaving Mbabane for free next season.
The brother of the Emir of Qatar has claimed that Messi’s visit to Paris is a definite agreement. If true, things could happen very quickly and fans wouldn’t have to wait until the end of the month to hear about the MBAP initiative.