Paris Saint-Germain fear they are unable to finance a move for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.
The Argentine is free to speak to foreign clubs as he’s within the last six months of his contract at the Camp Nou.
Messi, 33, was keen on leaving Barcelona last summer and the Argentina captain spoke to Pep Guardiola about a move to Manchester City.
However, Messi was convinced to spend another season in Spain as he didn’t want to ruin his legacy at Barcelona but the club’s hopes of tying him down to a new deal are dwindling.
However, though clubs will no longer need to pay a fee to sign Messi, the Argentine’s £500,000-a-week wage demands are proving prohibitive, even for a club of Paris Saint-Germain’s financial might, according to Gazzette dello Sport.
Not only would Messi demand wages of around £2m-a-month, the Argentine would also expect a large signing-on fee to move to Paris.
It’s claimed the club may only be able to finance a deal for the Barcelona star if they sanction the departure of Kylian Mbappe.