War is declared. For several years now, FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have often been in the fight. On the sports field, everyone remembers the humiliation suffered by the Parisians during the now infamous remount of March 8, 2017 (6-1). In the transfer window, the two teams have often been linked or opposed. The residents of Camp Nou were the first to draw, trying to enlist certain Parisian executives like Thiago Silva or Marco Verratti.
History between PSG and Barça
Maneuvers that have not always been very well received on the side of PSG. And a few months after the comeback, Paris struck a huge blow by dislodging Neymar from Barça, after paying his release clause of 222 million euros. A huge blow to the head of Culés. Since then, the gap has widened between the two entities. Barça did not deprive himself of trying to repatriate on several occasions a Neymar who did not close the door either to a return or a departure from PSG. But the residents of the Parc des Princes held on, despite the various Catalan proposals (Ousmane Dembélé, Ivan Rakitic no more money).
Attacked for Ney, PSG did the same when Lionel Messi expressed his wish to leave Barça this summer. If Manchester City were on pole, the Parisians were in ambush. Ultimately, La Pulga stayed on to honor his final year of contract. But Paris is always on the lookout. More than ever even. Neymar was the first to launch the first banderilla on December 3. “I would like to play with Messi again. This is what I want the most. I would let him play for me, there is no problem. I want to play with him again, for sure. We have to do it next year ”.
Leonardo and Pochettino’s media releases are causing a stir
The question was where? And everything suggests that it is in the French capital that the Brazilian, who is discussing extension, wants to find his friend and former teammate. Following this, Leonardo had calmed things down on December 5 by indicating that he did not want to talk about Messi. “It was an Argentinian journalist who asked him the question. We must keep respect. We’re not happy when we touch our players, so we don’t touch other people’s players. We have a lot of respect for Messi and Barcelona, this is not the time to talk about that ”. But the Parisian sports director quickly changed his mind.
Asked by France Football this week, he clearly coveted Barça’s No.10, at the end of his contract in June 2021 and therefore free to negotiate with other clubs. “Great players like Messi will always be on the PSG list. But this is of course not the time to talk about it, or to dream about it. (…) But we are seated at the large table of those who are following the file closely. In fact, no, we are not yet seated, but our chair is just reserved in case … Four months in football is an eternity, especially in this period. “ Statements that caused a stir in Spain, like those of Mauricio Pochettino, questioned by the SER string.
Messi dossier sets fire to the powder
“I don’t want to talk about Lionel Messi, because what I will say will take on a huge dimension. From the outside, we only see a small part of what is really going on ”. All these words were not at all well received on the side of Barça where we are annoyed by the attitude of PSG according to Sport. “PSG harasses Messi”, headlines the Catalan daily, which decrypts the Parisian strategy. The goals of Leonardo and Pochettino would be to publicly show that PSG are interested so that Lionel Messi feels desired and that he makes Paris his priority destination as with Neymar. In addition to advancing with the Argentinean, the goal would also be to destabilize Barça before the double confrontation in the Champions League.
All this is therefore very badly perceived within the Blaugrana team. “All these movements by PSG have caused deep indignation in the Camp Nou offices. Leonardo and Pochettino have broken the codes that mark the world of football because it is very frowned upon to speak publicly about footballers who do not belong to your club. PSG shot for free without worrying about disrespecting an entity like FC Barcelona ”, can we read in the article by Sport, who plays his role as Barça’s lawyer perfectly. A club that has to face a PSG who intends to win the game, both in the sporting field and in the transfer window.
Source: Foot Mercato : Info Transferts Football – Actu Foot Transfert by www.footmercato.net.
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