Messi due for PSG medical on Monday: reports

    Lionel Messi was recently photographed with Neymar, Laodro Paredes, Angel di Maria and Marco Verratti – all from PSG. Photo: Twitter

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    Lionel Messi was recently photographed with Neymar, Laodro Paredes, Angel di Maria and Marco Verratti – all from PSG. Photo: Twitter

    Lionel Messi will travel to Paris on Sunday for a medical with Paris Saint-Germain either late at night or early on Monday, L’Equipe reported.

    He said the 34-year-old Argentine player and the French football club were close to an agreement, citing Argentine sources.

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    Although Messi did not confirm his destination, he said in the press conference that joining the French giant Paris Saint-Germain was a “possibility”.

    The rich PSG is one of the few teams that can afford the Argentine who has confirmed that he is leaving the club in which he has played his entire career.

    A move to Paris would reunite Messi, 34, with his close friend Neymar, with whom he played in Barcelona.

    However, Messi said that “nothing has been signed with anyone” and insisted that a photo of him making waves on social media in recent days, when he was on holiday with PSG stars, including Neymar and Angel Di Maria, was “just a photo”.

    He said there was no question of him planning a route to the Parc des Princes, adding that there was interest from other clubs.

    “When the press release (of his departure) was received, I received many calls from interested clubs,” he told reporters, who applauded him for several minutes as he took the stage at the start of the press conference.

    “At the moment nothing has been settled, but, yes, we are in discussion.”

    According to Le Parisien, an agreement between PSG and Argentina could be reached no later than Sunday.

    The French sports newspaper L’Equipe predicted a “record contract” of three years, “with an annual net salary of 40 million euros”.

    Messi could sign for two seasons, plus an option.

    The Spanish press adds that the four-time winner of the Champions League could receive a signing bonus of 30 million euros.

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