Everyone wants Lionel Messi but few have the resources to sign him.
Paris Saint-Germain appear to be strong favourites to land the Argentina international.
A deal could happen in the coming days.
TOP STORY - PSG CLOSE IN ON MESSI
PSG believe they are close to a deal to land Lionel Messi.
ESPN reports PSG have been in contact with Messi's father and agent Jorge "for some time" and are set to offer a three-year contract.
Sky Sport Italia says the deal is more likely to be for two years with an option to extend it to a third.
The ESPN report said adding Messi would make it more likely Kylian Mbappe would stay with the club rather than leave when he is out of contract next year, though it would end PSG's pursuit of Paul Pogba, partly due to FFP concerns.
PSG are prepared to offer Lionel Messi a three-year contract to move to the French capital, sources have told @LaurensJulien, and feel a deal is close after positive initial talks with Messi's representatives. pic.twitter.com/UubMG3CMNZ— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 6, 2021
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