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'You say to yourself, will it be f***ing possible?... David Beckham ended up at Paris Saint-Germain': PSG were 'tempted' to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi, says sporting director Leonardo PSG sporting director Leonardo admits they were interested in Lionel Messi deal Messi hoped to leave Barcelona on a free in the summer before making U-turn Leonardo compared ambition to French side's capture of David Beckham in 2013 He also admitted it was tough allowing new Chelsea star Thiago Silva to leave

By Dan Ripley for MailOnline

Published: 23:59 BST, 6 September 2020 | Updated: 23:59 BST, 6 September 2020

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Paris Saint-Germain have admitted they considered signing Lionel Messi this summer once they found out he was willing to leave Barcelona.

Messi stunned the world when he admitted he wanted to leave the Nou Camp on a free transfer, only for the LaLiga giants to insist clubs would have to trigger his £625million release clause to sign him.

Not wanting to fight his club in court, Messi reversed his transfer request and will now remain part of new manager Ronald Koeman's rebuild for this campaign.

Lionel Messi had requested to leave Barcelona on a free transfer earlier in the summer

Lionel Messi had requested to leave Barcelona on a free transfer earlier in the summer

But after being unable to secure a move, he pledged his future to the Nou Camp

But after being unable to secure a move, he pledged his future to the Nou Camp

PSG's sporting director Leonardo has admitted though, that the

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