Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Lionel Messi from FC Barcelona this summer, L’Equipe reports. The Argentinian has submitted an official transfer request with the Spanish club and is set to leave before the end of the transfer period. Several clubs have already been linked with Messi but PSG have already been ruled out.
The French giants, who lost the Champions League final to Bayern Munich on Sunday (1-0), do not have the financial power to pay Messi’s wages. His salary at Barcelona is greater than that of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar combined. PSG would break the rules of Financial Fair Play if they wanted to match the wages he earns at Barcelona.
Since the news of Messi’s transfer request was picked up by the international media many clubs have been put forward as a possible destination for the forward. Manchester City seem to be the favourite, followed by Internazionale. Other clubs that could be interested are Manchester United, Juventus and Chelsea.