Lionel Messi next club odds: PSG & Man City closest to Barcelona star after 'disinterested' Champions League display

PSG are the leading contenders to sign Lionel Messi.

The French champions are one of a handful of clubs with the financial capabilities to secure the forward's signature based on his current salary.

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And bookmakers Betfair have installed them as 2/1 favourites to complete a deal when his Barcelona contract expires in June.

Manchester City are their closest challengers at 4/1.

The arrival of Messi at the Etihad would reunite him with former boss Pep Guardiola, with whom he won 14 major titles between 2008 and 2012.

It looks a two-horse race between the European heavyweights but Betfair think a move Stateside is possible at 10/1.

A return to his native Argentine is also a possibility at 14/1 although a significant reduction in wages would be essential.

Lionel Messi next club odds – Betfair

  • Paris Saint-Germain – 2/1
  • Manchester City – 4/1
  • Any MLS Club – 10/1
  • Any Argentine Club – 14/1
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Talk of Messi's future has intensified after last night's Champions League defeat.

He cut a forlorn figure as Barcelona were crushed 4-1 at the Nou Camp to all-but end their chances of European silverware this season.

And that could be Messi's last Champions League appearance for the club given he's entered the final five months of his contract, which expires in June.

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And though BT Sport pundit Joe Cole agrees that Messi is likely to leave given his 'disinterested' demeanour throughout Tuesday's contest.

He thinks it would be a BIG gamble for any potential suitor.

The pundit told BT Sport: "You'd have to do your due diligence before you sign Messi. He looked disinterested tonight.

"The 34-year-old Messi, if he plays like that it will be a gamble.

"To take him into a club where Pep relies on energy, enthusiasm, togetherness.

"It's a mess at Barca, I don't know how they're going to sort it out. I can't see Messi staying there.

"It's going to be tough for him to connect into one of these big teams because he's going to have to roll back the clock and move like he did three or four years ago."

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