Lionel Messi on the verge of signing new 2-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain
Barcelona confirmed that Lionel Messi was departing from the club on Thursday and Paris Saint-Germain have quickly emerged as the favourites to sign the world-class forward.
Lionel Messi has spoken directly with Mauricio Pochettino, Paris Saint-Germain's head coach as he looks to be moving closer to joining the French football club and announcing that he is leaving Barcelona.
It is expected that the 34-year-old striker will now sign a two-year contract next week, worth £25m a year after tax, with the option for a further year.
Messi left Barcelona after they had failed to honour a new contract that had been previously agreed due to "financial and structural obstacles".
Paris Saint-Germain quickly became to favourites to complete his transfer in a move that would reunite Messi with his former teammate Neymar.
Messi has always said that he was open to the possibility of joining Paris Saint-German, however, his legal team wanted to take the time to assess their options after his shock exit from the Nou Camp.
PSG are confident that they will move forward and complete the transfer and state that they are financially secure to fulfil the new offer.
Messi, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner, had officially been a free agent since July 1 after he failed to agree on terms over a renewal before his previous Barca contract expired on June 30.
Messi had spent his entire career at Barcelona, coming through the club's academy before going on to score 672 goals in 778 appearances after making his senior debut in 2003.