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Messi wants to renew with PSG… but the price and requests change

Lthe renewal of Lionel Messi With Paris Saint-Germain, once the month of January enters, it is neither imminent nor easy. Before the World Cup there was a situation (the Argentine had a price and his future was raised in another way); and after Qatar, with Leo champion, the price and requirements change or are they reinforced.

The first meeting between George Messi, father and representative of Leo, and of the leaders of the PSG, with the Portuguese Luis Campos at the helm, was not definitive. They have made appointments for future appointments, they keep talking and there is short-term scheduled meetings.

The Parisian elimination in the round of 16 Champions League against Bayern (and of the Cup, against Marseille) did not accelerate the (non) renewal, but reiterated to the player and his entourage that they must study exhaustively what their next destination should be when the current Parisian contract expires on June 30th .

And the reality is that Leo’s renewal (for one or two years) depends above all on the project that the PSG can offer him, according to what they tell us from Paris. For now, ignore the sirens coming from Saudi Arabia. Indeed, Jorge Messi was this Tuesday in Riyadh, the Saudi capital. Yes, he was, but only to investigate, even with a meeting, a matter of nursery schools with the country’s Ministry of Sport. For now, no Arabia. Currently.

Having said that, what project can PSG offer Leo? The presence of Neymar, now injured, it seems complicated. The Parisian team wants to get rid of it. ‘Ney’ has a contract until 2025 but his salary is difficult to pinpoint. Then there’s the Mbappe, also with a contract but whose future is a coin in the air. PSG have Kylian as a pillar, but…

And finally, the rest appears. Will Galtier remain coach? At the beginning it doesn’t seem like it, after what happened against Bayern and even if they will win this Ligue 1. Who will be the next lighthouse of the project? It’s another of the things that make Messi doubt, that he sees how his team wants to sign in some positions (a central defender, a forward, a change of wing, a substitute in the center of the field…), but that doesn’t seem clarify the pieces.

Another obstacle is the problem of financial fair play. UEFA has already warned the French club that it will have to reduce its budget by 23-24. The French club is assured that there is money for Leo, but… how much, under what conditions…? Will the club have problems with this issue?

And in those the siren songs continue from Arabia, from the United States… Leo wants to prioritize Parisbut it all depends. At the moment, PSG are still in pole position. There will be future meetings.

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