Pochettino Could Help PSG Land Messi Next Summer

In just a few short days, Lionel Messi will officially be able to negotiate a free transfer to a non-Spanish club and many speculate his next destination could be Paris Saint-Germain.

It makes sense when you think about the possibility of Messi in the French capital. PSG loves marquee players and the FC Barcelona man is arguably the biggest name in world football, even bigger than Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappé. With those three mega-stars, fans would rush to use a William Hill promo code to bet on PSG to win the UEFA Champions League next season.

Assisting PSG in realistically signing Messi next summer is the fact that he will be out of a contract at Barcelona and available to sign for any club without them having to pay a transfer fee. Now, Messi currently earns sky-high wages (€565K/week per Goal) but if he lowers his demands in order to partner with his friend, Neymar, then PSG may be able to make this work.

Besides reuniting with Neymar and playing alongside Mbappé, Marco Verratti, Marquinhos, and PSG’s other stars, there’s another name that might entice Messi to pick PSG. Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t been officially unveiled as PSG’s new manager, but reports indicate that the former Tottenham Hotspur manager has already agreed to terms with the French giants.

Pochettino played at PSG from 2001 to 2003 and has gone on to a fairly successful managerial career with the biggest highlight coming in the 2018-19 Champions League where he led Spurs to the final against Liverpool FC. The Argentine’s attack-minded philosophy, combined with PSG’s resources, has already led to media reports hinting at the possibility that Messi could join his compatriot in Paris.

How would Messi fit in at PSG? I could envision Pochettino playing a 4-2-3-1 formation with Mauro Icardi as the lone striker, Neymar and Mbappé on the wings, and Messi in the middle acting as the conductor of the attack. Pochettino would have all of that firepower upfront and still have Verratti, Marquinhos, and Presnel Kimpembe to slot in behind them along with Keylor Navas in goal.

The biggest negative to singing Messi, if there is one, would be the pressure to win the Champions League, but that isn’t something unknown to PSG. They are constantly under pressure and every shortcoming is over-analyzed and blown out of proportion.

I do wonder if the narrative around PSG would change if Messi signed. Would the club be loved by football fans at large, or, would Messi be hated for going to the “oil-rich French club” and scrutinized unlike ever before? We may have an answer next summer.

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Tags Barcelona Kylian Mbappé Lionel Messi Marco Verratti Marquinhos Mauricio Pochettino Neymar