Paris Saint-Germain are planning to smash the world-record transfer fee with a £210million bid for Lionel Messi.
Reports in Le Parisien suggest the French champions want to trigger the 26-year-old’s release clause with a huge bid for the Argentina forward.
The Barcelona talisman is apparently unsettled at the Nou Camp following comments from director Javier Faus about his contract situation.
Messi is on a £13.5m-a-year contract until 2018 and Faus dismissed claims that Messi should be given an improved package following a bumper £15m-a-year-deal for Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
A furious Messi said: ‘Faus is a person that doesn’t know anything about football and wants to run Barelona like a business – which it isn’t.’
If PSG are successful with the bid, it will more than double the world-record transfer fee, which stands at £86million for Gareth Bale.
The Argentine would make up a mouth-watering front three with Zlatan Ibrahimovic – his former team-mate at Barcelona – and Edinson Cavani.
Messi has been at an intense rehab camp in Buenos Aires recovering from a string of thigh problems which have ruled him out of action since November.
But he is scheduled to be back next month – meaning he will be gunning for Manuell Pellegrini’s Manchester City when the sides meet in the Champions League in February.
Barcelona are back in action on January 5, and the forward is expected to be fit for the Nou Camp clash with Elche.
However Barca, and in particular Neymar, have flourished in his absence, topping La Liga going into the new year.
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