Manchester City are in danger of falling behind in the race to sign Lionel Messi following reports Paris Saint-Germain have already made an eye-watering contract offer to the star.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner looks set to leave Barcelona at the end of the season with his deal set to expire in June.
There has been a huge amount of speculation as to where the 33-year-old will end up, with only a very limited number of clubs able to afford his mammoth wages.
City are one of those, and the prospect of Messi linking back up with former manager Pep Guardiola is certainly an intriguing one.
But according to the Daily Star French giants PSG have made the first move.
The publication claims the Ligue 1 champions have offered Messi a staggering £40m signing-on fee as well as a £800,000-a-week basic salary.
City are unable to compete with the finances behind the offer but remain quietly confident they may still be able to convince Messi to choose them due to the Guardiola connection.
Their links with American side New York City may also be a bonus, with Messi known to be keen to finish his career in the MLS.
It remains to be seen if or when City approach Messi, but it will certainly be intriguing to see how things play out.
PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino has made his desire to coach his fellow Argentinean compatriot clear, saying earlier this week: “If the opportunity to coach Messi comes up, it’d be amazing. But if not, it’s not a problem.
“[Messi and I] share our love for Newell’s. We’ve both worn that shirt, we have that link. But we’ll see. You don’t know what the future holds for us and whether our paths will cross.
Barcelona have been angered by PSG’s openness regarding their desire to sign the player, however, and it certainly makes things tasty ahead of the Champions League last-16 clash between the two sides later this month.