Paris Saint-Germain are keeping a close eye on Lionel Messi's situation at Barcelona and are prepared to make a bid, reports L'Eqiupe.
The jewel in the Nou Camp crown has had a season to forget so far, suffering from a number of injuries and falling out of the limelight for the first time in his Barcelona career.
Reports of discontent have surfaced in recent weeks, with some sources suggesting that Barcelona president Sandro Rosell is preparing to cash in on their biggest asset to allow Neymar to flourish.
Those reports only grew after Messi was quoted criticising vice-president Javier Faus for his lack of footballing knowledge.
"Faus is a person who does not know anything about football," Messi told RAC1 in an interview that was quoted by Goal.com.
"He tries to run Barcelona like a business, but this is a football club. Barcelona are the best club in the world and should also have the best directors in the world.
"I have never asked for a new contract and neither has any of my representatives."
And it seems that PSG, who were ready to make a £215m bid for Messi in the summer, are keeping a close eye on the situation, sensing an opportunity to convince the Argentine away from Barcelona.
Not only is Messi's relationship with the board members becoming strained, but Le 10 Sport are reporting that the Argentine international is growing increasingly aware of Neymar's growing reputation at the Nou Camp and is worried his star billing is being usurped.
Should Messi decide to leave Barcelona, PSG are ready to meet any fee necessary to bring him to Parc des Princes.
They are likely to face competition from other big spenders, however, with Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Manchester City thought to be interested in signing the player as well.
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