Lionel Messi has praised Mason Mount as Chelsea linked with transfer

Loinel Messi is ready and set to leave Barcelona following the failure to agree a new contract and has previously expressed his desire to return to his homeland

Lionel Messi has praised Mason Mount as Chelsea linked with transfer

The Argentine superstar has dominated the headlines over the last 24 hours due to the decision made to end his Barcelona career after 21 memorable years in Spain.

Loinel Messi was expected to sign a new contract with the Catalan giants, but La Liga’s financial regulation rules prevented the desirable happening for Barcelona fans.The club confirmed Messi’s departure with a short statement explaining the reasoning behind the outcome of this whole fiasco.

“Given this situation, Lionel Messi will not continue linked to FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of both the player and the club cannot finally be fulfilled.

“Barca would like to thank with all its heart the player’s contribution to the enhancement of the institution and wishes him the best in his personal and professional life.”

Messi’s departure remains largely down to Barcelona’s financial  state. They are reportedly £1.2billion in debt, while La Liga rules stipulate that the club’s wage limit can only be €382.7million (£325.2million), an aspect that is simply not possible with Messi’s lofty wages

The failure to agree a new, reduced deal has seen the Argentine depart and means that he is now available on a free transfer.

PSG are the early frontrunners to sign the player thought of by many as the greatest player of all time.

Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia reports that the Parisians have already made the first contact in an attempt to make the dream front three of Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe a scary possibility.

Chelsea, alongside Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, have been long-term admirers of the winger, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see either of them make their own play for the formal Barcelona legend.

Guardiola’s affinity to Messi is one advantage the Citizens have over the Stamford Bridge-based club, but the latter’s admiration of Blues star Mason Mount creates a level playing field for the two as they battle it out to try and win the race for his signature.

Messi said: “Having watched him play he has the potential to be one of the best.”

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