Despite Lionel Messi’s excellent start to the season, Paris Saint-Germain is already looking forward to his departure. The club from the capital would consider hiring the Frenchman Antoine Griezmann to compensate for the possible departure of Pulga, under contract until 2023 with an optional additional year.
Dissatisfied with the summer recruitment, Paris Saint-Germain is already planning the next moves. Football advisor Luis Campos will not be caught off guard in the summer of 2023 when Lionel Messi’s contract could expire. Recall that the Argentine has started the last year of lease which provides for an optional additional year. Pending his eventual activation, the club of the capital would work to replace his star. Indeed, the Spanish media Futbol Total speaks of an interest in Antoine Griezmann.
🚨 Info: El PSG will offer Antoine Griezmann an alrededor salary of 35-40 M € gross / temporada. The club is quiet that the Englishman is the replacement for Leo Messi as much inside as he was outside the field (marketing theme). #market 🇨🇵 pic.twitter.com/05WeE9XAC6
– Total calcium (@FutbolTotalCF) September 8, 2022
The Atlético Madrid forward, on loan for the second consecutive year from FC Barcelona, would be seen as a potential successor to Lionel Messi, on and off the pitch. Paris Saint-Germain would even be ready to offer him a gross annual salary of 35 to 40 million euros! Quite surprising information for several reasons. First of all, the seven-time Golden Ball, after a disappointing first season in Paris, starts this new year with excellent performances. His performance should comfort the management of the Ile-de-France who wish to extend his contract.
Griezmann does not eat at Messi’s table
And should Pulga leave Paris Saint-Germain, I’m not sure Antoine Griezmann is the ideal replacement. At 31, the Frenchman is not at the peak of his career even if with Atlético Madrid he manages to convince. The source indicates that it would also be a marketing choice. But even in this context, the international tricolor probably does not compete with Lionel Messi. Finally, one would think that Paris Saint-Germain will be reluctant to negotiate with FC Barcelona, an enemy club that would surely be happy to get rid of their very well-paid flop.