Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain hope to sign Lionel Messi without selling Kylian Mbappe

Ross Jackson
Kylian Mbappe could potentially be playing in the same team as Lionel Messi
Kylian Mbappe could potentially be playing in the same team as Lionel Messi / Xavier Laine/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain are desperately trying to shuffle their finances in a bid to accommodate the arrival of Lionel Messi without offloading Kylian Mbappe.

Barcelona announced on Thursday night that the Argentine would no longer be representing the club, despite president Joan Laporta previously insisting a deal would be signed.

Mbappe and Messi have crossed paths before
Mbappe and Messi have crossed paths before / Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

The Blaugrana cited financial issues as the reason Messi would not remain at Camp Nou, with a host of Europe's elite clubs naturally alerted to the sudden availability of the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Paris Saint-Germain had been touted as a potential destination for Messi when he revealed his desire to leave Barça last summer, and they're again at the forefront of the discourse surrounding his potential future club.

However, given the former Barcelona captain will command an eye-watering wage from any prospective employers, PSG are now desperately trying to generate funds as they look to offer the forward a substantial contract.

One obvious way for Les Parisiens to make money would be to offload talisman Mbappe, but Marca report that isn't being considered as a viable option by the club as they're eager to accommodate both players in their squad.

Instead, the Ligue 1 outfit will attempt to sell some of the other members of their squad over the coming weeks, with a number of individuals already understood to have been deemed surplus to requirements.

The list of players available for transfer includes a host of big names, with defenders Thilo Kehrer, Juan Bernat and Layvin Kurzawa, midfielders Leandro Paredes, Idrissa Gueye and Ander Herrera, and forwards Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler, Pablo Sarabia and Mauro Icardi all understood to be on the market.

Messi has played his last game for Barcelona
Messi has played his last game for Barcelona / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

The report adds that Messi's father has already been in contact with PSG to discuss the possibility of a move, while Chelsea have also emerged as shock contenders for the recently crowned Copa America winner.

One possible scenario which could see PSG better placed to offer Messi a deal would be for them to acquire the majority of his image rights, though it remains to be seen whether the player would be willing to give up such a lucrative aspect of his career.