PSG Offer Lionel Messi a Contract But Nou Camp Legend is Focused on Copa America

Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly offered Lionel Messi a contract
Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly offered Lionel Messi a contract / Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly offered Lionel Messi a contract as the Barcelona talisman now finds himself a free agent.

Messi put in a request to leave the LaLiga giants last summer, but against the move due to an exit clause in his contract. However, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner continued to be linked with an exit from Camp Nou after failing to agree on a new deal with the club. And as a result, the Argentine is now a free agent after his contract with Barcelona expired last month.

Manchester City and PSG have been linked to the 34-year-old, and according to AS, Mauricio Pochettino's side are looking to capitalise on the situation. The Ligue 1 giants are trying to lure Messi to the Parc des Princes and have reportedly offered him a deal higher than the one put forth by Barcelona earlier this week.

The report adds that PSG are in no rush to get a deal over the line as Messi is currently focused on Argentina's Copa America campaign, with the attacker having a hand in all three of his country's goals in their 3-0 quarter-final win over Ecuador.

Cash-strapped Barcelona need to lighten their wages and offering Messi a new deal means they will have to free up £170m in wages if the former club captain does decide to sign a new deal. Messi has made it clear that he will not think about his future until after the Copa America, and has insisted that he is only focused on his nation's participation in the competition.

PSG have already brought in Georginio Wijnaldum, who is expected to be followed by both Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnarumma, and that's before the £60m move for Inter's Achraf Hakimi comes into play.