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Messi close to debut but PSG preoccupied by Mbappe future

Messi close to debut but PSG preoccupied by Mbappe future

Lionel Messi could make his hotly anticipated debut for Paris Saint-Germain against Reims in Champagne country on Sunday but it is Kylian Mbappe who is the centre of all the attention just now amid ongoing speculation about his future.

Messi has not featured in either of PSG's two Ligue 1 games since arriving in the French capital as he continues to work up his fitness having returned to training late after captaining Argentina to Copa America glory last month.

In Paris, though, they are more concerned about Mbappe, after a week which saw Madrid increased their offer for Mbappe to 180 million euros, sports daily L'Equipe claimed.

Madrid are willing to pay 170 million euros plus a 10 million euro bonus package, said the report.

Mbappe, in the final year of his contract, has already been starring for PSG this season and scored his first goal of the campaign last week in Brest.

But with time running out before the transfer window closes on August 31, it remains to be seen if Mbappe will feature in Reims, if the game could be his last in Ligue 1, or if he might already have left by then.

"If a player wants to leave, he will leave. The club, the project is bigger than any one person," admitted PSG sporting director Leonardo.