Former coach of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has advised Paris Saint-Germain against signing Lionel Messi next summer in the belief that the Barcelona talisman would upset the balance of Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
Messi has little over six months remaining on his current contract and appears unlikely to sign an extension with the Catalan giants lurching from one crisis to another. Barcelona’s form under new manager Ronald Koeman has deteriorated rapidly in recent weeks, while off the field the club remain in huge financial difficult ahead of the imminent presidential elections.
Messi handed in a transfer request last summer but was begrudgingly forced to remain with Barcelona unwilling to bow to his demands and the 33-year-old unwilling to enter into a protracted legal battle.
PSG, whose current star man Neymar has aired to his desire to team up with Messi again, along with Manchester City, are the favourites to sign the six-times Ballon d’Or winner but Wenger believes the Ligue 1 giants would be making a mistake.
The former Arsenal boss told Europe 1: ‘Lionel Messi is one of the two best players in the world. Those who will replace Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi are already at PSG. ‘After that, it’s a question of balance in the club, a technical balance and a financial balance. Can you keep the balance at PSG by bringing in players like Messi? I’m not sure.’