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Lionel Messi, Paris St-Germain in advanced talks

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Paris St-Germain are in talks with Lionel Messi’s representatives about the Argentina forward joining the Ligue 1 club following his Barcelona exit.

BBC Sport has been told the Messi camp contacted PSG on Thursday once it became clear Barcelona were unable to honour the contract they had agreed.

On Thursday, the Catalan club said Messi, a free agent, would not stay at the club.

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They blamed “financial and structural obstacles” for the player leaving after 21 years.

On Friday, Barca president Joan Laporta said keeping Messi could have put the club at risk for 50 years.

Messi, 34, has been a free agent since 1 July when his contract expired. He had agreed a new five-year contract on reduced wages—but the club still had to slash their wage bill to afford him, and were unable to do so.

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The Argentina captain is Barcelona’s record scorer with 672 goals and has won 10 La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and seven Copa del Reys, as well as claiming the Ballon d’Or on a record six occasions.—BBC

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