Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) are predicting an eventful summer ahead. Coach Mauricio Pochettino has failed to leave a mark in the UEFA Champions League and will be eager to improve his squad ahead of the new season.
Meanwhile, Tim Howard has advised Lionel Messi to move to MLS. Elsewhere, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has hinted that he wants Kylian Mbappe to join Real Madrid.
On that note, here’s a rundown of PSG’s top transfer stories as of May 28, 2022:
Tim Howard advises Lionel Messi to join MLS
Former Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard believes Lionel Messi could come to MLS.
The Argentine continues to be linked with a move to the United States, although he still has one year left in his contract with PSG. However, the 34-year-old’s time at the Parc des Princes hasn’t been rosy so far so a departure can’t be ruled out. Messi has scored just 11 times in all competitions in the 2021-22 season.
Speaking on The Pat McAfee Show, Howard said Messi’s arrival in MLS would take the league to a different level.
“MLS has grown by leaps and bounds, and it really is a top league. What I would say is we’ve seen a lot of international superstars come to America. He (Lionel Messi) is going to come. Honestly , I tell you this Pat, this will be like nothing we’ve ever seen,” Howard said.
“This guy, I swear, he’s a god. I witnessed it. I played against him. The fanfare that will surround him, if he goes to Miami, it will be like since Pelé. if that happens.”
Howard went on to call Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo the best of all time, saying:
“He’s the greatest – he and Ronaldo, for me, are the greatest players of all time. It’s (the ball) on a string, you can’t take it away from him (Messi).
Barcelona president Joan Laporta hints he wants Kylian Mbappe at Real Madrid
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has hinted that he wants Kylian Mbappe to join Real Madrid. The Frenchman was close to signing with Los Blancos but turned around to stay at PSG.
Speaking to L’Esportiu de Catalunya, relayed by PSG Talk, Laporta said players were being kidnapped for money.
“It distorts the market. Players end up being kidnapped for money. These are the effects of a club having a state behind it. This goes against all the principles of the European Union,” Laporta said.
“It is a reflection on the sustainability of football in Europe. Then there is the reading that can be done from Barça. There’s a direct rival (Real Madrid) who doesn’t come out stronger, and we’d rather they (Mbappé) couldn’t make us squirm when it comes to competition.
PSG are closing in on the appointment of Zinedine Zidane
The Parisians are close to an agreement with Zinedine Zidane, according to journalist Geoffroy Garetier. The Frenchman is the favorite to replace Mauricio Pochettino at the Parc des Princes this summer.
Speaking on Late Football Club, relayed by PSG Talk, Garetier said that Zidane could possibly take charge of the Parisians.
“An arrival of Zinedine Zidane at PSG? We will say that it is buzzing with rumors at the moment. I even read that the formalization of Zidane’s contract at PSG would be for this weekend”, said Garetier.
“I think it’s a bit premature. On the other hand, the sources who speak to me about this file tell me that it is still in progress, in negotiation. So, maybe those sources are wrong, but we’re talking about a pretty close deal.