Lionel Messi
The paper states, "Lionel Messi is expected to leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires at the end of the current season." Photo by Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

Lionel Messi will be allowed to leave Paris Saint-Germain for free in the summer, according to latest reports. The Argentine's contract is about to expire, and Barcelona wants to bring him back to Spain if their financial situation permits.

The paper states, "Lionel Messi is expected to leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires at the end of the current season."

"Messi joined the French club as a free agent on a two-year contract in the summer of 2021 and while he is on course to helping them to successive Ligue 1 crowns, Champions League glory has remained elusive," the paper continued.

"With just two months remaining on the Argentine superstar's contract, PSG are in no rush to extend the arrangement. The development comes as club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi aims to make PSG a more financially sustainable project, with fewer star names and a greater emphasis on young French talents."

"Barcelona are hopeful of signing Messi this summer, with the Catalan club's transfer chiefs confirming contact had been made with the player's camp regarding a potential return to the Camp Nou. Messi and his camp are aware of this interest, but no official approach has yet been made," the paper added.

Barcelona is also interested in signing two Chelsea players. They want experienced francophone duo N'Golo Kante and their former player Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang, Euro Sport reported.

A former Premier League manager is cited as the leading candidate by the Spanish publication Marca, which reiterates that Julian Nagelsmann will likely decline the Chelsea job.

Leading the charge is Mauricio Pochettino, who formerly managed Southampton, Tottenham, and then Paris Saint-Germain.

"Mauricio Pochettino has become the standout favorite to become Chelsea's next coach. Frank Lampard's appointment as interim manager until the end of the season has not stopped the Blues' pursuit of a new boss," the paper states.

"The search for candidates has been reduced to four. In it are Julian Nagelsmann, although the German has almost definitely dropped out of this race, Vincent Kompany, Luis Enrique and Pochettino, the best positioned to be the new coach of the London team," the paper added.

"Chelsea and Pochettino's representatives have held several meetings in recent weeks and the feelings on both sides are positive. So much so that the Argentine coach has become the main favourite to take the reins of the team next season."

With Dan Burn not convincing fans, and money to spend in the summer transfer window, The Sun believes that Newcastle will turn to Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney as their new defensive signing.

Following the signing of Oleksandr Zincehnko, the 25-year-old Scotland international has fallen in the pecking order and could see more playing time under Eddie Howe.

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