Lionel Messi remains an important figure at Paris Saint-Germain despite his struggles in the league. With the Argentine currently recovering from injury, the Parisians felt his absence against RB Leipzig in midweek.
Meanwhile, PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino has given an update on Messi. Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain has turned its attention to a Real Madrid midfielder. On that note, here’s a look at the major PSG transfer stories as of November 5th, 2021.
Mauricio Pochettino gives an update on Lionel Messi
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Lionel Messi will not be available for Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 match against Bordeaux on Saturday. The Argentine is currently suffering from a hamstring injury, which also kept him out of the midweek match against RB Leipzig. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner traveled to Madrid to undergo treatment for his injury.
However, Messi failed to recover in time to face Bordeaux this weekend. The Paris Saint-Germain star has been called up to the Argentina squad for the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers. He’s had a mixed start to life at the Parc des Princes since his arrival this summer.
Messi was brilliant in the Champions League, scoring three times in as many matches with the Parisians. However, he failed to score in five Ligue 1 matches. However, the Argentine player is still indispensable to his mother, which is why he received a call-up despite his injury.
Speaking to the press, as reported by PSG Talk via the channel’s supporters, Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that Lionel Messi has been left out of the weekend’s match. However, the PSG coach is still hopeful that his compatriot will return to full fitness during the international break.
“He (Lionel Messi) will not be available tomorrow. He will travel with the national team. We hope he will be available for his country and that he can come back after that,” Pochettino said.
Paris Saint-Germain turns attention to Toni Kroos
PSG are interested in Toni Kroos, according to The Hard Tackle via El Nacional. The Real Madrid midfielder is approaching the last 18 months of his current contract.
The 31-year-old could be available on a reduced deal next summer, and the Parisians want to take him to Ligue 1. Kroos has already racked up 327 games for Los Blancos, scoring 22 goals and 80 assists.
PSG are looking to add a midfielder to their squad next summer, and put Kroos on the shortlist. The German midfielder is ready to join the Parisians who could face stiff competition from Manchester City for a signature.
Atletico Madrid in the race for Paris Saint-Germain target Marcelo Brozovic
Atletico Madrid entered the race at the expense of Marcelo Brozovic, according to journalist Akram Connor. The Inter Milan midfielder is also wanted by Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Manchester United. Brozovic’s current contract with the Nerazzurri expires at the end of the current season.
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Inter want him to stay, but the Croatian has yet to commit to the club. The Parisians hope to complete the transfer of Bosman for the 28-year-old, who has scored 26 goals and made 35 assists from 257 appearances for Inter.