In light of French media claims that the World Cup winner is undecided about staying in Paris, MLS club Inter Miami has gained a huge boost in their efforts to pursue Lionel Messi.
A contract extension has been discussed for Argentina legend Messi, whose current deal with the French powerhouse expires at the end of the current campaign in May.
But on Wednesday, the French newspaper L’Equipe said that Messi was becoming less certain about staying in France and that Inter Miami was the front-runner to recruit him.
Inter Miami is owned by David Beckham and coached by his former Manchester United teammate Phil Neville.
L’Equipe adds that Messi’s family like the idea of living in the United States because he has a home in Miami and is known to regularly holiday there.
Messi’s father, Jorge, is also his representative and reportedly held discussions with PSG over the future on Wednesday.
Sportsmail reported last November that Miami and Messi were close to agreeing terms on a potential deal – salary cap rules in American soccer would stop Messi earning anything like the $1.45m-a-week he gets in Paris at present but the chance to build his brand in America could prove to be even more lucrative.
The 35-year-old Messi would still command a wage that would make him the best-paid soccer player ever in the US.