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PSG approach Lionel Messi over contract extension

Paris Saint-Germain have opened talks with Lionel Messi over extending his stay at the club, according to Marca.

Messi arrived at the Parc des Princes last summer, in a move that attracted attention from all over the world. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner was unable to renew his deal with Barcelona due to the club’s financial situation.

His debut season wasn’t as spectacular as many expected it to be. The Argentine registered 11 goals and 14 assists in all competitions – a good return, but far from the standards that we’ve become used to from him.

Nonetheless, Les Parisiens still feel that he has done enough to warrant staying. Marca reports that the two parties are in talks over extending his current contract, which is set to expire in 2023. It is believed that Messi won’t make a decision until after the World Cup.

Last year wasn’t an ideal campaign for PSG either. They won the league by a landslide 15 points, but exited in the round of 16 in both the Champions League and the Coupe de France. This led to the replacement of manager Mauricio Pochettino with former Lille man Christophe Galtier.

One of the big tasks for the Frenchman will be getting his front three fully in sync. On paper, PSG’s frontline is by far the best in the world. However, Kylian Mbappe was the only one who met this standard last season.

There has been plenty of speculation surrounding world-record signing Neymar, with reports suggesting that his time in Ligue 1 could be coming to an end. Galtier played down these rumours, stating that the Brazilian is very much in his plans.

Regardless of whether he stays or goes, the French champions will be hoping to bring in a new forward following the departure of Angel Di Maria on a free transfer. Reims youngster Hugo Ekitike is on their radar, but links to Cristiano Ronaldo have been played down.

So far, PSG haven’t been particularly busy in the transfer window. Vitinha has arrived from Porto, and Nuno Mendes made his loan move permanent.

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