PSG ARE trying to sign Lionel Messi, confirms Leandro Paredes as he tells Barcelona star transfer is ‘up to him’

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN ARE trying to sign Lionel Messi, according to his Argentina team-mate Leandro Paredes.

The PSG midfielder confirmed his club are pursuing the wantaway Barcelona star and Paredes said ‘it’s up to him’ if he joins.

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PSG ARE trying to sign Lionel Messi, according to Leandro Paredes (right)[/caption]

PSG have been heavily linked with a move for Messi as new boss Mauricio Pochettino looks to stamp his mark on the squad.

Messi’s Barca contract expires on June 30 this year and he is free to sign pre-contract agreements this month.

With PSG ‘lurking like vultures’ the Catalans are said to be scared stiff Messi will leave.

And that fear will have cranked up a notch after PSG midfielder Paredes’ comments.

He told Corriere dello Sport: “It’s up to Leo to come to the club, because PSG are trying to convince him.

“To be able to be coached by a coach from your country and the possibility of playing with Leo is a great opportunity. I hope it happens.”

PSG have been planning the transfer in case Kylian Mbappe quits.

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Sporting director Leonardo admitted they will try to sign the Argentine superstar after he told cash-strapped Barca he wanted to quit last summer.

PSG’s starting XI would be phenomenal with Messi, Mbappe and Neymar.

But the French side will face competition from Manchester City who have made no secret of their desire to reunite Messi with former boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad after failing to do so in the summer.

PSG are 'hovering like vultures' with Lionel Messi likely to leave Barcelona in the summer
Lionel Messi is being actively pursued by PSG

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