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Messi Would Be A Bad Signing For Newcastle – Aliadière

Newcastle United should avoid signing Lionel Messi in the upcoming summer transfer window according to one former Arsenal player.

The GOAT (Greatest of All Time) in the eyes of many football fans has had a tough time of things since arriving in Paris in the summer of 2021. The Argentinian famously never wanted to leave Barça but was left with no other choice as the Catalan giant were unable to retain him due to the financial mess they had gotten themselves into.

Messi’s time at PSG got even worse in recent days with his decision to defy the club’s bosses and travel to Saudi Arabia to fulfill duties as the country’s tourism ambassador. Following this decision PSG decided to suspend the Argentinian legend two weeks and soon after news broke that the French giants will not be resigning Messi in the summer.

Now that Messi will be a free agent it remains to be seen where he will go in this transfer window. His old club Barcelona look like the primary suitors but there will also likely be plenty of interest from the Premier League. One of those clubs in the running for his signature is Newcastle United.

Here at BoyleSports we caught up with former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere and got his take on Lionel Messi’s time at PSG and whether Premier League clubs should be trying to sign him this summer. Find out what the former Arsenal man had to say below.

Would Messi be a good signing for Newcastle or Chelsea, or is he too old?

Messi would not be a good signing for Chelsea or Newcastle, or for any club in the Premier League.

Here At BoyleSports both Chelsea and Newcastle are seen as long shots to sign Messi at odds of 33/1 for both clubs. A return to Barcelona is rated as Messi’s most likely next destination at odds of 4/6.

I think the league is too demanding for Messi, as great as he is, he’s getting on now. We saw when Cristiano Ronaldo went back to Man Utd, physically he wasn’t the same so it’s harder.

As a PSG fan, what do you think of Lionel Messi’s time in Paris?

I feel Lionel Messi came to Paris not really wanting to come to Paris in the first place, I think he wanted to stay at Barcelona his whole life. He was forced to leave for financial reasons so it’s difficult if you’ve been at a club all your life and you want to stay there, but you’ve been forced to leave.

Then you go somewhere you’re not familiar with, you don’t speak the language, you have a family with kids. All of that comes into play. It’s been tough for him. He’s still a fantastic player but he’s getting older now. People are always expecting him to do something magical but sometimes it might be a bit much for him.

What just happened, being suspended for a trip to Saudi Arabia, is not a coincidence. He’s got a contract with brands and countries. I’m sure he knows what he’s doing and probably wants to leave so it might be his way of saying, ‘don’t count on me for next season, I want to leave’.

How do real PSG fans feel about Messi?

I don’t think PSG fans, from what I hear, were that happy about Messi coming to the club in the first place. Everybody felt he didn’t want to go, he just had to go somewhere else and PSG were the only club who could afford him and it’s hard as a fan, as good as he can be, not coming for the right reasons didn’t feel great.

Nobody is bigger than the club. What PSG wanted was to win the Champions League, and it doesn’t matter who they bring in every year because they’re still short of that. You can buy 11 best in the world, if they don’t communicate and click it won’t work.

PSG are just spending money on big names and still no closer to the Champions League.

Jeremie Aliadiere has also made the claim that new Chelsea Onwer Todd Boehly has turned the club into the new PSG.

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