Messi ‘convinced’ by Neymar to choose PSG over Man City ahead of Barcelona exit

Lionel Messi has told Neymar he is planning to leave Barcelona in the summer and join Paris St-Germain, according to reports coming out of Brazil.

Messi, 33, looked likely to be on his way out of Barca when he submitted a shock transfer request at the Nou Camp back in August.

Yet in the end the Argentina superstar, whose current deal is set to expire at the end of June, agreed to stay for the final 10 months of his contract.

Manchester City have been tipped to snap him up on a free transfer, with ex-Barca boss Pep Guardiola reportedly keen to bring his former star to the Premier League.

David Beckham’s Inter Miami franchise has also been touted as a potential next destination for Messi given he currently owns a luxury $5million apartment in the city.

But according to Brazilian journalist Thiago Asmar, the Barca legend has instead set his sights on a potential move to PSG this summer.

Messi is understood to have been in contact with former team-mate Neymar, telling the Brazil international over WhatsApp that he plans to swap Barcelona for Paris at the end of the season.

It is believed he was originally looking to reunite with Guardiola in Manchester, only to change his mind after holding regular conversations with Neymar.

His intention is now to sign for PSG once his Barca contract expires this summer, although City could turn the tide again by coming in with a big offer.

Guardiola enjoyed great success with Messi in his ranks at Barca, putting together a two-time Champions League winning side which is widely regarded as one of the best in history.

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Nevertheless, Messi also has great memories of his time playing alongside Neymar.

The pair got their hands on two Spanish titles and the Champions League together after forming a lethal attacking trio with Luis Suarez, before Neymar decided to leave for PSG in 2017.

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