Rumours of Paris Saint-Germain plotting an approach for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi continue to do the rounds, but Ander Herrera believes Financial Fair Play will present a sizeable stumbling block to any deal.
With the six-time Ballon d’Or winner continuing to run down his contract at Camp Nou, it could be that he drops into the free agent pool this summer.
PSG are one of the few clubs that could match the Argentine’s sporting and financial ambition, but Herrera doubts that even they could put an agreement in place that would allow them to land an all-time great while adhering to regulations regarding cost management.
“I respect Barcelona, their coach and Messi so I’m not going to get into this one.”
“When everyone at Barca was talking about Neymar, inside and outside the club, we did not like it.
“I’m not going to do something that I don’t like being done to me. I have a lot of respect for Barca, Messi, his coach and his team-mates.
“It is not a strategy. Me, I will not speak about him. I respect those who do it, but I put myself in the shoes of the club in which Messi has evolved.
“If I were I at Barca, I would not like people talking about Messi. It does not seem to me to be a lack of respect, but I will not do it.”
Barca boss Ronald Koeman, meanwhile, told reporters on Tuesday: “As I said the other day, if [PSG] want to speak about Leo and his future, let them speak.
“Now the Lyon coach (Rudi Garcia, who criticised Koeman for discussing Memphis Depay in the past) has got involved. Seems he likes to speak a lot in the press. It’s not important for me.”