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Barcelona Transfer News: PSG Reportedly Contact Lionel Messi's Father

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad, at Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian, northern Spain, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2016

Paris Saint-Germain director of football Patrick Kluivert has reportedly made contact with Jorge Messi, Barcelona star Lionel Messi's father and agent, regarding a possible transfer.

According to RTL France (h/t Marca), the former Barca player has met with Messi's father and is hoping to do so "on a more regular basis and try to convince him PSG are the right club for him."

Messi's contract runs out in 2018, and he turned down the offer of a new deal in July.

The Argentinian has netted an incredible 47 goals for Barca this calendar year, 19 of which have come this season, along with seven assists.

He netted a crucial equaliser against Real Sociedad on Sunday to salvage a point for his side, and in doing so, he reached another sensational milestone:

PSG are among the small cabal of clubs that could afford the 29-year-old's services, and they'd be able to offer him almost-guaranteed domestic silverware.

The Ligue 1 side are also lacking the clinical edge they lost when Zlatan Ibrahimovic left in the summer—an edge that would be restored, and then some, if Messi were to join.

However, despite the riches the Parisian side could offer, it seems unlikely he'd go there—Ligue 1 is a step down in quality from La Liga. While Messi has never appeared to be overly concerned with his perception among supporters, moving could affect his legacy both at Barcelona and as arguably the best player in the world.

Barcelona are confident Messi will stay put:

If he ever is to leave the Camp Nou, it's more likely to be for Manchester City—the Sky Blues are among the teams thought to be interested in him, per the Sun's Daniel Cutts—where he can reunite with former mentor Pep Guardiola, or a romantic return to his boyhood club, Newell's Old Boys.

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