After Lionel Messi’s exit from Barcelona was confirmed on Thursday, Paris Saint-Germain is said to have intensified talks with him.
The Ligue 1 team is one of the few that can match Messi’s pay and, possibly, ambition.
Messi will also have the chance to play alongside former Barcelona teammate Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in attack for PSG.
The French giants have dominated the domestic scene, but are desperate to join an elite band of European clubs that have won the Champions League.
They lost to Bayern Munich in the 2020 final, before they were eliminated last season in the semi-final by Manchester City.
Instead of dipping into their deep pockets, PSG have decided to do smart business, spending close to nothing in transfer fees this summer.
Sergio Ramos has arrived from Real Madrid after his deal expired, the same with Gianluigi Donnarumma, the Italian goalkeeper who shone at the Euros after leaving AC Milan.
Gigi Wijnaldum, another free agent, will add industry and grit to their midfield.
If Messi joins, it will be hard not to make PSG favourites not just for every available trophy in England, but the Champions League.