December 22nd, 2022
World Cup winning superstar Lionel Messi will become the hottest property in football when his contract with PSG expires in 2023.
Some of the world’s richest clubs are bidding for his signature, and a couple of betting sites are offering odds on him leaving the French capital in the January transfer window.
Messi’s contract does not wind down until the summer, and he seems reasonably settled at PSG, who are priced at just 1/66 to win the Ligue 1 title and 8/1 for Champions League glory.
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However, some clubs may try to steal a march on their rivals by lodging a January bid for the Argentina captain, who led La Albiceleste to victory over France in the World Cup final.
It would be an audacious move, so the odds are reasonably long on any club luring Messi away from PSG in January, but we have rounded up the leading contenders below.
Lionel Messi January Transfer Odds
An emotional return to Barcelona could be on the cards for the Ballon d’Or favourite, the most decorated player in the club’s illustrious history.
Messi won 10 La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, seven Copa del Rey titles and three FIFA Club World Cups in his 17-year stint in Catalonia.
It seemed inconceivable that he would ever leave, but the club’s perilous financial position led to an emotional press conference as he announced his shock departure last year.
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He has won the Ligue 1 title with PSG, and he appears to enjoy playing alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in a star-studded attack, but there is a sense that he would rather be back at the Nou Camp in front of his adoring fans.
The Blaugrana’s financial position has improved somewhat after selling off future media rights and securing a loan from Goldman Sachs, and they could try to lure their former captain back to Barcelona.
They are the joint favourites at 14/1 to snap Messi up before the January transfer window slams shut.
An intriguing reunion with Pep Guardiola – who oversaw the most trophy-laden spell in Messi’s career – is another possibility.
He won two Champions League titles, three La Liga titles, two FIFA World Club Cups and two Copa del Rey titles during Guardiola’s four-year stint as Barca boss.
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