Manchester City target Lionel Messi is rated as “most likely” to exit Barcelona this summer – as transfer talk over Paul Pogba and Mesut Ozil hots up again.
New PSG chief Mauricio Pochettino has hinted he too will pursue Argentina genius Messi, 33.
And Nou Camp presidential candidate Agusti Benedito said: “Keeping Messi would be the best news for the club but I am not very optimistic.
“The most likely outcome I see is that he leaves us in the summer.”
Manchester United have reportedly rebuffed any hopes Juventus had of a cash-plus-player exchange involving Aaron Ramsey or Douglas Costa and the Italian champions’ old boy Pogba.
But United left-back Brandon Williams is closing in on a loan switch to Newcastle.
And Arsenal outcast Ozil is increasingly tipped for a January exit.
The ex-Germany playmaker, 32, is said to be in “advanced” talks with MLS club DC United.
Norwich’s Argentinian midfielder Emiliano Buendia, heavily linked with the Gunners, admits “returning to the Premier in the short term is a dream.”
And France striker Olivier Giroud, 34, is expected to stay at Chelsea until his contract runs out in the summer, despite interest from Juventus and Inter Milan.
The Blues have been linked with Strasbourg’s £13.5milion-rated defender Mohamed Simakan, 20.