Paris Saint-Germain are drawing up an audacious plan that would see Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo play alongside each other for the first time, according to reports.
The French giants have enjoyed a remarkable summer window which was capped by the arrival of six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi on a free transfer following his departure from Barcelona.
PSG have already been installed as the bookie’s favourites to win this coming season’s Champions League – but their attacking line-up could get even better next year.
According to AS, PSG are bracing themselves to lose Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer in 2022 and want Ronaldo – who is also out of contract next year – to replace him.
Talks between PSG and Mbappe over a new contract have stalled and the Frenchman is now expected to leave Paris despite their extravagance in the transfer market, with Real Madrid his preferred destination.
The French side are already circling around Ronaldo, who will be available on a free transfer, and he is yet to intimate that he wants to extend his stay at Juventus.
Ronaldo would be offered a two-year deal, meaning he would be 39years old by the time the contract expires, and his agent, Jorge Mendes, is already aware of the interest.
PSG have become quite adept at picking up superstars on free transfers, with Messi’s arrival coming after they had already landed Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum and Sergio Ramos without having to pay a single transfer fee.
Club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi sent a pointed message to Mbappe following Messi’s arrival, saying: ‘He said he wanted a competitive team, and you can’t have a more competitive team [than what we have here]. He has no reason to do anything other than stay.’
But in private the club are still concerned that Mbappe will leave, while the 22-year-old wants to be the main man for whichever club he continues his career with – something which will not be the case at PSG while Messi is in the same team.