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Paris Saint-Germain interested in signing Lionel Messi?

Reigning Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have superstars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar under contract until 2022 and recently appointed manager Mauricio Pochettino guiding the club in pursuits of multiple titles. 

That apparently isn't good enough for the French giants. 

As Julien Laurens reported for ESPN, Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo told France Football that he is interested in pursuing Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Messi's contract expires after the season, and the 33-year-old attempted to leave the Catalan club and complete a move to Premier League side Manchester City last offseason. 

"Great players like Messi will always be put in PSG's list," Leonardo explained. "Of course, it is not the time to talk about it or to dream about it. But we are sat at the big table of the clubs following this closely. 

"Actually, no, we are not sat yet but our chair is reserved there, just in case. Four months [before the end of the season] in football, it is an eternity, especially at this time."

Messi and his camp were able to begin negotiating with clubs outside of Spain on Jan. 1. As noted by Ryan Benson of, Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta recently said that Messi is content and will "do everything in his power" to stay with Barca beyond the current campaign. 

It's assumed Paris Saint-Germain would struggle to pay Messi, Mbappe and Neymar their desired wages at the same time, but landing the Argentinian viewed by many as the greatest player in history could help PSG win the coveted Champions League Trophy that has eluded the club despite its recent heavy spending. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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