After Neymar’s record-shattering move to Paris Saint-Germain, €300m for Lionel Messi is “possible” says Jurgen Klopp.
PSG topped the previous world record fee paid by Manchester United for Paul Pogba last year by forking out €222m to release the Brazil star from his Barcelona contract.
Messi has an even higher release clause, but Klopp does not believe that the astronomical price is completely out of reach.
“It’s pretty simple. Until now it was simply seen as impossible,” Klopp told DAZN . “Then there is the list, with the release-clauses for Barcelona. Leo Messi, €300m.
“In a period of just a month that suddenly sounds possible too. That used to be an outrageous amount. They just set that amount randomly. I mean who would pay €300m? And now it simply happened.”
Both Barcelona and La Liga have threatened to report PSG over possible Financial Fair Play breaches.
“I don’t even know if this is right,” Klopp said. “No coach would demand such a thing. That’s been decided on other levels and now he is a PSG player, obviously. A simple solution would be a rule. Where we want to go and where this should stop.
“The biggest clubs can decide on that, where they would want to set a limit. €150m or €550m or whatever, and then no one would complain anymore. This is a topic now since it happened for the first time.”
The former Dortmund boss went on to issue a warning to big-spending clubs, insisting there is more to football than money.
“I love football, because you make each other stronger,” the German added. “You can develop a team. A star player on one side and another one on the other makes the player in the middle a star too.
“That’s what I like about this sport. These hero stories – that one is better than everyone and so on – I don’t think that Neymar had that specific idea. They made the offer and they finalised it.”