Three clubs who want to sign Lionel Messi if the Argentine decides to leave Barcelona after public spat with Eric Abidal
Reigning champions of Italy, England and France are reportedly interested in the signing of Lionel Messi if the Argentine decides to leave the club next summer. Messi has been involved in a public spat with the club’s sporting director Eric Abidal over claims that Barca players didn’t work hard enough under former manager Ernesto Valverde.
Messi was involved in a public row with the Catalan club’s director of football Eric Abidal for claiming that some of the players didn’t work hard enough under former manager Ernesto Valverde.
Gazzetta dello Sport claims that the reigning Premier League champions are monitoring the striker’s situation at the Camp Nou following his public row with Eric Abidal, Barcelona’s sporting director.
While giving an interview to Spanish newspaper Diario Sport, the former Barca player had blamed the club’s players for the sacking of former manager Ernesto Valverde, claiming that some of them didn’t work hard enough before the appointment of Quique Setien late last month.
Messi took exception to this statement and responded on his Instagram account: “”When you talk about players, you have to give names because if not, it gives air to things which are not true.” His claims fueled rumors that the Argentine might decide not to renew his contract which is set to expire in June.Given that the club is owned by the super-wealthy Qatar Sports Investment group, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that PSG are one of the names being linked with Messi.
Such a scenario would no doubt force the reigning and once again soon-to-be French champions to balance their books before paying the Argentine the astronomical wages which he would surely command should he decide to leave the Camp Nou.
That doesn’t mean, however, that PSG would have to sell a lot of players to remain compliant with the Financial Fair Play rules.
Edinson Cavani, one of the club’s highest earners, will be leaving the club this summer, therefore giving the club enough financial space to afford the Argentine.One of the most interesting rumors claims that Juventus are ready, and can afford, to offer Messi and Ronaldo the chance to play together in Serie A.
The duo has been battling for the tag of the world’s best player for over a decade and went face to face many times during the decade long stay of Ronaldo in La Liga.
His departure from Spanish football saw the Portuguese’s Argentine counterpart to exclaim that he missed the presence of the 34-year-old.
However, while rumors do claim that Maurizio Sarri would want to have both Ronaldo and Messi in his front three, it seems difficult to comprehend how his club could afford to pay the astronomical wages of the world’s two best players.
Ronaldo is already earning a king’s ransom at Turin Stadium, and should Messi decide to board the flight to Italy, there’s no doubt he’d want to take home equal if not more amount in wages. That would undoubtedly put a massive strain on the financial sources of Juve.