PSG star Lionel Messi was spotted by eagle-eye Spanish media in shock trip to Barcelona amid transfer claims.
Sport reports the record Ballon d’Or winner immediately took a trip to Barcelona after helping PSG secured a narrow 2-1 victory over Angers in Ligue 1 on Friday.
The reports claimed that Lionel Messi boarded a private flight and landed in Barcelona and was spotted with a lot of suitcases.
He reportedly undertook the trip on Saturday afternoon and did not travel alone.
The Barcelona legend made the trip with his entourage consisting of his representatives, and it was confirmed he carried suitcases numbering up to fourteen.
The trip came just a day after Lionel Messi featured for PSG in their French Ligue 1 clash with Angers.
The surprised flight by the Argentina 2022 World Cup hero has further fueled rumors Lionel Messi is closing in on Barcelona return.
Angers Vs PSG Ligue 1 clash was French Ligue 1 Matchday 32 clash. It is only 6 games remaining to the end of the season.
We understand that Lionel Messi’s contract with PSG will run out at the end of the season. With the season fast wilding down, PSG are yet to renew his contract and his former club Barcelona have been on toe to have him back at Camp Nou.
Messi contract imbroglio at PSG has left pundits stunned. It was believed the Argentine playmaker will renew his contract after the 2022 World Cup.
Before the tournament, Lionel Messi was optimistic of his PSG contract. He shoved his underwhelming start to life in French Ligue 1 and banged in goals and assists for the club.
Lionel Messi admitted to being happy at PSG before the World Cup. He won the tournament with Albiceleste before returning to a guard of honour at PSG.
There were reports PSG were ready to extend his contract after the World Cup but the reverse has been the case with the former Barcelona star nearing his exit from the club.
Contract talks between both parties have stalled and there are reports PSG wants to trim down on their overbloated wage bill to avoid collision with European Financial Fair Play Rules.
Also, PSG President Nassr Al-Khelaifi is reportedly keen on investing more in young talents leaving Lionel Messi out of the picture.
According to the Mirror, Lionel Messi is expected to leave PSG at the end of this season and PSG hierarchy are no longer pushing to renew his contract.
It is believed his surprised trip to Catalonia with his entourage and suitcases is a preparatory move for his imminent exit from Parc des Princes at the end of the summer.
Meanwhile, Barcelona have confirmed they are working for Lionel Messi’s return to Camp Nou.
The club is reportedly focused on signing free agents and Lionel Messi is a good option as they intend to navigate their dwindling financial fortunes.
Messi has 20 goals with 19 assists in all competitions this season for PSG and will exit the club with his second French Ligue 1 title in two years at the end of this season.