Lionel Messi: Arsene Wenger says Argentine joining PSG will shake their financial balance

Lionel Messi: Arsene Wenger says Argentine joining PSG will shake their financial balance

- Lionel Messi has been linked with a move to PSG next year

- The Argentine's current deal with Barcelona expires at the end of this season

- Arsene Wenger feels Messi joining the French club might shake their financial balance

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Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Lionel Messi joining Paris Saint Germain will shake their 'technical and financial balance'.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner shocked the entire football world after handing Barcelona his transfer request in August 2020.

He was already linked with both Manchester City and Inter Milan while a few other clubs also showed interest but were considered unserious.

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However, his staggering £625 million release clause forced his suitors to stay away from him, hoping they can sign him for free after his contract expires next summer.

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Lionel Messi: Arsene Wenger says Argentine joining PSG will shake their financial balance
Lionel Messi exchanging jerseys with legendary Gianluigi Buffon after their Champions League clash at Camp Nou. Photo by Daniele Badolato - Juventus FC.
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With PSG now registering their interest in bringing the 33-year-old to Paris, Wenger is sceptical Messi joining the French club might throw them off balance.

"Lionel Messi is one of the two best players in the world. Those who will replace Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi are already at PSG.
"After that, it's a question of balance in the club, a technical balance and a financial balance. Can you keep the balance at PSG by bringing in players like Messi? I'm not sure."

Neymar was said to have told the media he wants to reunite with Messi after their Champions League triumph over Manchester United as quoted by Daily Mail.

Wenger on the other hand says it was easy for the Brazilian attacker to tell an Argentinian journalist anything while speaking with Canal +.

"You know, it's normal for Neymar to say that to an Argentinian journalist. He had to talk about Messi, it's normal.

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"We have to maintain respect for others. He's a Barcelona player. When somebody talks about our players, we are not happy.
"So we don't touch other people's players. Now is not the time to think about the transfer window.
"We are very happy with the squad we have. We are thinking of our season and the end of the first part of the season, which was very complicated.
"We have to stay focused on our goals such as qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League. And also we have to think about Ligue 1 and avoid finding ourselves in a complicated situation. Let's keep our focus."

Barcelona will be hoping they can persuade Messi to remain at the Nou Camp beyond next season as he is nearing the end of his reign at the Catalan club. earlier reported that Lionel Messi appears to have hit his lowest form for Barcelona all through his career at the Nou Camp.

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The 33-year-old has managed just seven goals in 13 appearances across all competitions so far this campaign and Juventus' boss, Andrea Pirlo believes his problems could be psychological.

He added that the Argentine's problems go beyond the on-field issues as he gets his side ready for their final Champions League group fixture with the Catalans this week.

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