Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has revealed his side "will never sign" Lionel Messi, quashing reports of a €250 million bid for the Barcelona superstar.
As reported by L'Equipe (via Stefan Coerts of Goal.com), Al-Khelaifi confirmed Parc des Princes is only likely to see Messi if he arrives for a Champions League away day with La Blaugrana:
Messi is a fantastic player.
I read the other day in your paper that he would join PSG. Well, if you have the money to take him to PSG, make him sign a contract and bring him to Paris...
Is there any chance that the dream of signing Messi will become reality one day? No, PSG will never sign Messi.
Al-Khelaifi stated PSG would sign Messi if his side "did not have any limits," but even amongst the mega riches of Ligue 1's dominant club, it appears the player is too expensive.
While rumours of Messi leaving the Camp Nou circulate most transfer windows, recent trouble at Barcelona may have lured many into thinking a deal could go ahead.
Board member Javier Faus claimed Leo wanted a major pay increase upon signing a new contract, which Messi reacted angrily to, per Argentina's RAC1 radio station (via Sid Lowe of The Guardian):
Barcelona is the best club in the world and should be represented by the best board members too. Senor Faus is someone who doesn't know anything about football and wants to manage Barcelona like a business, which it is not.
Will Lionel Messi ever leave Barcelona?
The resignation of Barca president Sandro Rosell could also have threatened to unsettle the player, per BBC Sport. Instead, some fantastic performances have followed Messi's recent return to fitness, highlighting his importance to Gerardo Martino's team once again.
Messi has scored 14 goals in 17 appearances across La Liga and the Champions League this season, according to WhoScored.
The four-time Ballon d'Or winner, who lost out on this year's prize to Cristiano Ronaldo, has never shown any indication that he wishes to leave Barcelona.
A move to PSG would set up a mouthwatering reunion with former Barca badboy Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Al-Khelaifi's comments categorically state Messi will not switch allegiance. Perhaps, if the FIFA Financial Fair Play rules hadn't come into effect, PSG could afford to land the player with a world-record fee.
PSG currently sit three points clear of Monaco in Ligue 1 and will have to do without Barcelona's legendary player as they battle across domestic and European fronts.