PSG 'Identify' Replacement For Messi

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Lionel Messi is set to be a free agent at the end of the season
Lionel Messi is set to be a free agent at the end of the season

Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly already identified a replacement for Lionel Messi, whose contract expires in June.

Messi's future is likely to be decided at the end of the season, with the player being linked with a return to Barcelona, Major League Soccer side Inter Miami as well as a move to Saudi Arabia.

Spanish outlet El Nacional have reported that the French champions will make a move for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele if the Argentine does decided to leave at the end of the season.

Read: Mbappe 'Tells' Real Madrid When He Will Join Them

This is not the first time Dembele has been linked with a move to the French capital, with various reports claiming Kylian Mbappe wants the club to sign his World Cup-winning teammate.

Dembele has one year remaining on his current deal at the Camp Nou, which could see Barcelona's hand forced if the winger does not decide to extend his contract beyond next season.

As for Messi, Barcelona vice president recently confirmed they are in contact with their former player amid reports of reunion at the Camp Nou next season.

"I participated in the negotiations that sadly weren't successful [when Messi left Barca in 2021]. I am still frustrated that Leo couldn't continue playing for this club," Yuste said, according to Goal.

"If we talk about the Masia academy and youth players, we are talking about Leo. He arrived here when he was 12 years old.

"Of course, I would love to have him back. I say this personally. But I think many of our supporters would love that too, for everything he would represent if he came back, not only on a sporting, economic and social level, among other issues, but also because I think that all beautiful stories must have a happy ending.

"And answering your question, my answer is yes. We are in contact with them (referring to Messi and his father/agent Jorge Messi)."

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