Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has responded to the membership’s hyperlinks with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi, who is quick approaching the ultimate few months of his present contract at Barcelona, has been tipped to name time on his illustrious 16-year profession at Camp Nou this summer time and make his method to PSG.
Rumours that the Argentine’s long-time rival Ronaldo may be a part of him at Parc des Princes have surfaced this week, with Leonardo talking out on the continuing hypothesis throughout an interview with RMC Sport.
What’s been stated?
Quizzed on the potential of Messi becoming a member of the membership later within the 12 months, the PSG chief responded: “Now we have nothing in any respect in relation to the long run, besides the concept of extending the gamers that we have already got.
“There may be nothing to contract or plan for something. We’re additionally obliged to measure what would be the monetary outcomes of this season.
“So, we’re attentive, however there’s nothing (with Messi).”
Leonardo stopped wanting confirming PSG’s reported curiosity in Ronaldo, however did admit that the membership is at all times open to the potential of signing the most effective gamers within the game.
When requested to weigh in on a attainable swoop for the Juventus celebrity, he added: “What makes us blissful is that the PSG is nearly at all times in all of the information. It is good. The switch window could be very fluid, there’s motion.
“PSG could be very desired, on the whole. All the good gamers are linked to PSG. That is one thing that should be valued.
“We’re at all times within the place to talk with the good gamers, who wish to come. However we’ve got no negotiations in progress relating to a brand new player.”
What has Leonardo beforehand stated about Messi?
Leonardo publicly admitted that Messi is on PSG’s radar when he revealed that the French champions are retaining shut tabs on his contract scenario firstly of the 12 months.
“Nice gamers like Messi will at all times be on PSG’s listing,” he stated. “We’re seated on the massive desk of these golf equipment who’re following the matter intently.”
The larger image
The potential of each Messi and Ronaldo transferring to PSG appears unlikely regardless of the continuing rumours, however it’s definitely not past the realms of chance that considered one of them may be a part of Mauricio Pochettino’s ranks.
Ronaldo’s future at Juve was thrown into doubt following their early Champions League exit this week, with options that the Italian giants may look to money in on their prized asset earlier than he turns into a free agent in 2022.
Messi, in the meantime, pushed for a switch away from Barca final summer time solely to see his exit path blocked, and has insisted that he will not make a closing determination on his long-term future till the tip of the season.
Neymar has welcomed the prospect of his former team-mate’s arrival at PSG, who’re reportedly set to supply him a bumper contract that the Blaugrana can’t afford to match amid the coronavirus disaster.
Daniel Elton, senior editor at Wahu Times, writes about politics and policy with a focus on climate advocacy. Daniel previously at the New Republic and, and Self. Daniel can be reached by email.