Newcastle United learn shock chances of signing Lionel Messi after Barcelona suspension

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Lionel Messi could leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer - and Newcastle is viewed as a potential destination.

Speculation of Lionel Messi leaving Paris Saint-Germain this summer is building after the French club suspended the World Cup winner for two weeks following an unauthorised two-day trip to Saudi Arabia.

The Argentine legend, who is a tourism ambassador for the Gulf state, made the visit on Monday after being welcomed by Saudi Arabia minister of tourism Ahmed al Khateeb.

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And according to French newspaper L’Equipe, Messi travelled without PSG’s permission so have decided to ban the 35-year-old from playing or training with the team, and docked his wages.

As a result, Messi will Ligue 1 matches against Troyes and Ajaccio but may return for the match against Auxerre on May 21. The report adds PSG will not activate a one-year extension in his contract, meaning he’ll become a free agent at the end of the season.

Naturally, given the wealth of Newcastle United’s Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia owners, a move to St James’ Park is tipped as one of Messi’s potential destinations.

A Casinos En Ligne spokesperson said: “Lionel Messi and PSG’s journey looks like it is coming to an end after the Argentine was suspended for an unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia.

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Barcelona are the 2/1 favourites to seal a fairytale return for Messi this summer, while he is 3/1 to hang up his boots by September.

“Messi is yet to play in the Premier League, but the World Cup winner is 10/1 to join Newcastle and 16/1 to sign for Chelsea.”

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