Lionel Messi has agreed a two-year deal to hitch Paris St-Germain following his shock exit from Barcelona, says BBC Sport columnist Guillem Balague.

The deal, which has the choice of a 3rd yr, is topic to a medical.

The 34-year-old Argentina captain left Barca – the one membership he has ever performed for – as they had been unable to afford a brand new deal below La Liga’s monetary honest play guidelines.

Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG completed second to Lille in Ligue 1 final season.

“It is all been confirmed. Lionel Messi goes to be a PSG participant,” Balague stated on BBC Radio 5 Stay. “That is it, it is executed. It is occurred in the previous couple of minutes.

“In the mean time there are as a lot police as there are followers [at the stadium]. That is going to vary quickly. There’s eight cameras right here, once more that is going to vary. It looks like it’s a two-year deal, plus one.

“His concept was to do it at Barcelona however it will be PSG. Then if he feels OK he’ll keep another yr perhaps. However in any case his purpose is to be at PSG after which to do effectively within the Qatar World Cup.”

Messi and his household had been pictured at Barcelona’s El Prat airport on Tuesday afternoon after information of the deal emerged.

When requested by reporters whether or not his son could be becoming a member of PSG, Jorge Messi answered “sure”.

Messi was pictured at El Prat airport on Tuesday afternoon after news of the deal with PSG emerged
Messi was pictured at El Prat airport on Tuesday afternoon after information of the cope with PSG emerged
Messi's wife Antonela Roccuzzo
Messi’s spouse Antonela Roccuzzo posted this image on Instagram on Tuesday with a caption speaking of a “new journey collectively”
A picture of Lionel Messi is taken down outside the Nou Camp
Footage of Lionel Messi are being taken down on the Nou Camp

Thought of one of many biggest gamers of all time, Messi scored a report 672 targets in 778 video games for Barca, the membership he joined as a 13-year-old.

He received the Ballon d’Or a report six occasions and lifted 35 trophies with the Catalan membership.

The signing of Messi – who could be reunited with former Barca team-mate Neymar on the Parc des Princes – is among the most noteworthy captures in soccer’s historical past.

He’ll play in a entrance three alongside the 2 costliest gamers of all time – Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Until there are any late hitches, he’ll change into PSG’s fourth free-transfer signing this summer time after the arrivals of Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, Spain defender Sergio Ramos and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Extremely rated Morocco right-back Achraf Hakimi additionally joined from Inter Milan.

PSG are but to win the Champions League in a decade of Qatari possession and subsequent heavy funding, with the 2020 last defeat in opposition to Bayern Munich the closest they’ve come.

Balague stated: “Clearly what PSG’s possession need is a workforce that’s within the Champions League last yearly.

“With Messi you may have a bonus. Pochettino being in cost and his contract being renewed as effectively means they’ve an concept how to do this and Messi will complement that.

“They are going to win the league, that is nearly a given now, though they misplaced final season. It will likely be a much less aggressive league which suggests he will probably be contemporary in fact, or must be, for the Champions League marketing campaign.”

Messi had agreed a brand new deal – on 50% of his outdated wages – to remain at Barcelona however the membership couldn’t afford to implement it as a result of they had been thus far above the wage restrict allowed by La Liga.

“He used to earn 140m euros gross a yr at Barca, that is round £125m,” stated Balague. “Take off about 40-50% for tax.

“He agreed to remain at Barcelona by decreasing his wages by 50%, no more than that as a result of that is unlawful to take action [under Spanish law]. Mainly the league would not imagine he was decreasing his wages to zero, which is what Barcelona might have tried to do as they’re 1bn euros in debt. Mainly they can’t afford him.”

If the deal goes via rapidly, he may make his PSG debut at dwelling to Strasbourg on Saturday.

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