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Paris Saint-Germain is reportedly willing to pay a whopping €35-40m a year gross salary to lure Antoine Griezmann to France’s Prime Ligue next summer, with Lionel Messi on his return to Barcelona to be tied to them. Lionel Messi has a year out of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain. He is closely linked with a potential return to Barcelona next summer after leaving the club in 2021 under disappointing circumstances. However, the club failed to include Lionel Messi’s contract in their 2021–22. According to the report, his Barcelona deal secured free-agent superstar Lionel Messi an annual base salary of $161 million, a $135 million signing bonus and a loyalty payout of more than $91 million. The summer transfer window is closed, but that doesn’t mean sporting advisor Luis Campos’ duties are slowing down. Until the January window opens up, the club chief will have to focus on contract extensions for various players, like Lionel Messi, to keep him in the French League. 

Messi and Sergio Ramos’ agreements expire in June.  As a result, Canal Supporters’ Hadrien Grenier believes that the capital club must consider whether to keep the two legends beyond this season. The Parisian club expects to begin contract extension talks with the Argentinian’s entourage. Messi, for one, would prefer to wait before discussing a new contract with PSG. Grenier said the situation with Ramos is different for PSG because there is no impending decision on a new deal in League 1. Due to his injury-plagued 2021-22 season, the 36-year-old defender can start the 2022/2023 financial year.

Griezmann, who scored 133 goals in 257 appearances for Atletico Madrid before being enticed to the Nou Camp in a contentious trade in 2019, was re-signed by the La Liga club last summer on a two-year loan contract with the condition that would make a move permanent at the conclusion of that period. That choice, however, is based on the proportion of matches in which Griezmann appears for 30 minutes or more, excluding extra time. Griezmann, 31, came on in the 61st minute of Atletico Madrid’s 2-1 Champions League triumph over FC Porto, scoring a stunning last-gasp winner. Griezmann has now played less than 30 minutes in all of Atletico Madrid’s matches this season, but the Frenchman made it plain after the Porto game that he accepts and supports the club’s strategy.

On Saturday, Neymar scored his eighth goal of the season and has scored in all but one of PSG’s seven Ligue 1 matches. He also has six assists this season which has helped PSG remain at the top of the League 1 table. Few players in Europe are in better form than the Brazilian, a trend made more astounding by the transfer rumours surrounding him during the summer transfer window.