PSG favourites to land Lionel Messi after Barcelona confirm departure of Argentina legend with Manchester City and the MLS also possible destinations for six-time Ballon d’Or winner, according to the bookies
- Barcelona announced Lionel Messi will not be staying at the club on Thursday
- Barca blamed La Liga regulations for making it impossible for him to stay
- The 34-year-old has been a free agent since July 1 when his contract expired
French giants PSG are favourites to land Lionel Messi after Barcelona confirmed their talisman will not be staying at the club, according to bookmakers Betfair.
Barcelona announced the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will not be staying at the club ‘because of financial and structural obstacles’.
The 34-year-old has been a free agent since July 1 when his contract expired at the Nou Camp.
French giants PSG are favourites to land free agent Lionel Messi, according to the bookies
And Betfair say PSG are the odds-on favourites to sign him at 10/11, with Manchester City second-favourites at 21/10.
Betfair spokesperson, Sam Rosbottom said: ‘The big transfer news just keeps on coming and all eyes are back on the future of Lionel Messi following the confirmation that he won’t be signing a new deal with Barcelona.
‘Reports last summer suggested that Manchester City were very close to signing him, and they are currently second-favourites at 21/10 to secure the services of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola both want Messi
‘However, it is French side PSG who are the odds-on favourites to sign him at 10/11, while Manchester United are outsiders at 18/1.’
Barca insist both they and Messi were willing to extend his stay, but claim La Liga regulations have made that impossible.
A statement on the Catalan giants’ official website said: ‘Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish Liga regulations).
‘As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona.’
David Beckham’s Inter Miami could also be in the hunt but Manchester United are outsiders
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