Date: 24th August 2021 at 7:04pm
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This weekend could mark the beginning of a new era in European football, as Lionel Messi prepares to potentially make his debut for French side Paris Saint-Germain. 

The 34-year-old moved to the French capital earlier this month after a deal to see him extend his stay with former club Barcelona, with whom he has spent almost two decades and won over 30 trophies, was blocked from happening.

After a teary Messi announced the news at a press conference, PSG were quick to swoop and signed the Argentine just days later, unveiling a staggering front line of Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

However, with the possibility of the three playing together for the first time now just days away, it appears that there could be a potential obstacle in the way.

According to RMC Sport, PSG have received an offer for Mbappe from an unnamed Premier League club, and are now resigned to the fact that the 22-year-old will depart in the next 12 months.

The World Cup winner’s current deal is due to expire next summer, and Mbappe has reportedly rejected the club’s latest advances amid an ongoing feud with director Leonardo.

Mbappe joined PSG for more than £130 million in 2018, but his time in the French capital could be coming to an end.

This means that the French side are faced with the prospect of selling Mbappe this summer, or waiting 12 months and losing him for nothing.

In January, Mbappe would be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with any club outside of France.

While it is not known which club have made contact, the signings of Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Romelu Lukaku respectively mean it could be unlikely that it is Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea.

The report also suggests that PSG are already lining up Everton forward Richarlison as a potential replacement for the former Monaco man.

The Brazilian, who won gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics over the summer, could link up with compatriot Neymar and fellow South American, Messi.

With just a week remaining of the window, however, it seems almost impossible that a deal for Mbappe, which would undoubtedly be one of the biggest in history, could be agreed before the deadline on August 31.

 
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