The latest Lionel Messi transfer news: Lionel Messi has personally confirmed that he will be joining Inter Miami this summer, ending his chapter in Europe for good. The Argentine has accepted the contract proposal from David Beckham’s club and is now set to join them for the coming season as the biggest signing in the history of the MLS.
There were rumours that La Liga has approved the financial viability plan presented by Barcelona, but no formal offer was made to Messi. The player’s father and agent, Jorge, publicly expressed that his son wants to return to Barcelona this summer. Both sides were aware of the constraints and trying to find a solution to make the transfer happen. But, it now seems like their efforts have been for naught.
PSG manager Christophe Galtier had confirmed that Lionel Messi will be leaving the club at the end of the season, and that their match against Clermont will be his last for the French side. Although PSG have issued a formal correction, saying that Galtier misspoke, the formal statement has now brought his stay to an end, as expected.
The player was in talks with the board to renew his contract, and after the World Cup, there was a verbal agreement to renew. However, they could not iron out the details of the contract.
In particular, the sporting project and Messi’s role in it remained unclear. Until a few weeks ago, there was still a chance that he could renew. But Jorge Messi later indicated that there was little chance of his son signing a new deal with the French giants.
And now, he will be on the transfer market as a free agent to choose his next club. There is a huge offer from Saudi Arabia worth €400 million, while his former club, Barcelona are also interested in re-signing Lionel Messi. His final decision regarding his new club is expected very soon, and it could be within the first couple of weeks of June itself.
An official bid from Inter Miami is also on the table, but hasn’t been responded to by the player and his entourage as of yet.
How has Messi’s time at PSG gone?
|Trophies||3 (2x Ligue 1 + Super Cup)|
|UCL progress||Round of 16 (21/22 & 22/23)|
|Individual honours||Ballon d’or 2021; The Best Men’s Player 2022, Laureus Sportsman of the Year 2022|
The Argentine had a difficult first season with the Parisians, but was able to contribute towards a victorious Ligue 1 campaign. This time around, he has returned back to his best, scoring and assisting 16 goals each in 31 league appearances.
PSG have won the league this time around as well, but in both seasons, their fortune in the Champions League has not been favourable. They have been unable to replicate the feat they achieved in 2020, when they reached the final. This season, they were eliminated by Bayern themselves in the Round of 16, in a repeat of the 2020 final.
After the World Cup, however, Lionel Messi has been booed by PSG fans and they have publicly expressed their desire for the player to leave. And now, Galtier has confirmed that the forward will sign for a new club in the summer.
Lionel Messi transfer news: Where will he go next?
Lionel Messi is expected to release a formal statement in the coming hours to clarify his stance and where he will be playing next season. But, the deal with Inter Miami is set to be done, with the location being favourable for him and his family to move to after Paris.
In the process, the World Cup winner has turned down an insane bid from Al Hilal to sign for them this summer in order to play for David Beckham’s side.