Lionel Messi speaks to reporters at Barcelona Airport
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Lionel Messi wants a whole restructure of Barcelona in order to stay at the club, according to reports. The Argentina international is wanted by Manchester City and PSG ahead of the summer transfer window. And he’s entitled to leave the Nou Camp for free at the end of the campaign.
Messi and Barcelona saw their season stoop to a new low on Tuesday night.
The Argentina international scored against PSG in the Champions League before Mauricio Pochettino’s side then responded by scoring four times.
Kylian Mbappe was the star of the show for the Ligue 1 side, scoring a hat-trick while Moise Kean was also on target.
For Barcelona, it was yet another painful defeat.
And OkDiario say Messi, in order to stay, wants a guarantee that the playing staff will be improved upon.
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The problem is, however, that the coronavirus crisis has severely impacted the club – and big-money signings are currently out of the question.
Barcelona have spent badly in recent years, with Philippe Coutinho, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele all struggling since their respective arrivals from Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
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And with the club unable to afford the world’s best players, they may struggle to meet Messi’s ‘main requirement’.
PSG are keen to sign Messi at the end of the campaign, with Pochettino dreaming of deploying the Argentine alongside Mbappe, Kean and Neymar in his attack.
But City are keen, too, with the veteran previously playing under Pep Guardiola at Barcelona.
And former Barca star Rivaldo has now spoken out on the situation, expressing a belief Messi will leave to PSG at the end of the season.
“This may well have been Lionel Messi’s last match for Barcelona at Camp Nou in the Champions League,” he said.
“Based on the quality PSG showed, I’m sure he might be thinking about joining them.
“I want Messi to stay at Barcelona but I understand why he’d want to leave at the moment when the club is not guaranteeing him good chances of fighting for important titles regularly.
“He can’t keep taking responsibility for the team on his own. Last summer, he saw Luis Suarez leave in an incomprehensible transfer that has made Atletico Madrid stronger.
“I believe he will leave the club at the end of season.”
Meanwhile, Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman admitted he was upset following the defeat to PSG – despite cameras showing him laughing at full time.
“Surely the result reflects how superior they have been,” he said.
“In the second half we had problems defensively. They proved physically to be very superior to us.
“We have to admit that they have been superior. They have shown that they have a more complete team than us. We have to accept it, improve things.
“We know that this can happen because we play against a great team, a physical team, with experience… for many things that is ahead of us.
“A 4-1 defeat is normally very difficult. I can lie to you but losing at home 4-1 there are very few options.
“The game has shown us that we lack things to be at the best level, especially at the Champions League level.”
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