Angel Di Maria reveals that he immediately messaged Lionel Messi to lure him to PSG when he found out his fellow Argentinian star didn’t want to stay in Barcelona.
- Angel Di Maria has revealed that he was trying to persuade Lionel Messi to join PSG
- Messi, 33, was embroiled in a transfer stand-off with Barcelona this summer
- Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan were closely linked
- Messi, however, was defeated and has chosen to stay with Barça this season
Angel Di Maria has revealed that he has reached out to Lionel Messi on Instagram in an attempt to lure him to Paris Saint-Germain amid the Barcelona star’s transfer rebellion with the Spanish club.
Last month, the 33-year-old announced his intentions to leave Catalonia after nearly two decades with the club, in an attempt to walk away from the Nou Camp for free due to a clause in his contract.
Barcelona contested the suitability of the clause, insisting that Messi had not triggered it in time for him to leave for free, and as such their prized possession could only leave the club if his £ 625 million release clause was met.
Angel Di Maria has revealed he tried to convince Lionel Messi to join Paris Saint-Germain
The Barcelona star was engaged in a transfer stand-off with the club this summer
Manchester City led the way for Messi’s autograph, with a reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola on the schedule. PSG and Inter Milan were also in the race to sign the superstar.
And Di Maria, who plays alongside Messi for the Argentina national team, has revealed that he has reached out to his teammate regarding a possible move to the French capital.
“ The first thing I sent to Messi when I found out he didn’t want to continue in Barcelona was an Instagram post telling him how PSG could play Messi, ” the forward told Radio Continental via RMC Sport.
A reunion with Man City boss Pep Guardiola was scheduled, while PSG was interested
And Di Maria, a national teammate of Messi, said he contacted him about a move to France
Messi has since chosen to stay in Barcelona as no club can afford him
However, Messi admitted defeat in his attempt to leave Barcelona this summer, announcing that he would play under Ronald Koeman for the 2020-21 season.
“I’m going to continue with this club because the president has told me the only way I can leave is if I pay the € 700m (£ 625m) and that’s impossible,” he said.
‘The only other way was to go to court and I would never sue Barcelona because I love the club.
“The president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I wanted to go or if I wanted to stay and in the end he didn’t keep his word.”
Messi played in all three of Barcelona’s games this season and took a brace in the club’s 3-1 win over Girona last week.