Lionel Messi transfer warning issued to PSG by ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has warned PSG against upsetting their "balance" by signing Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

Messi, 33, is heavily linked with a move to PSG when his contract at the Nou Camp expires at the end of the season.

Speculation he could join the Ligue 1 giants escalated last week when his former Barca teammate Neymar said : "What I want most is to play with [Messi] again."

But alongside Neymar, PSG already boast a wealth of attacking talent with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi.

And Wenger questioned whether PSG should fund a move for Messi and risk jeopardising their financial and on-pitch stability.

"Lionel Messi is one of the two best players in the world," Wenger told Europe 1 . "Those who will replace Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi are already at PSG.

"After that, it's a question of balance in the club, a technical balance and a financial balance. Can you keep the balance at PSG by bringing in players like Messi? I'm not sure."

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PSG have already secured their qualification to the Champions League knock-out stage, while their final group stage game will resume on Wednesday after a case of alleged racism suspended the fixture on Tuesday.

But their domestic form has not been so impressive and they have already lost three times in Ligue 1 this season.

Within their last three league games, PSG were beaten 3-2 by Monaco and held to a 2-2 draw by Bordeaux.

Wenger insisted the Parisians are struggling with a lack of creativity in midfield, adding: "PSG have a little less potential because they had, for years, an absolutely flamboyant midfield, which is now a little less creative.

"I see them a little less dominant and it's reflected in the standings in Ligue 1. They still have exceptional players who can make a difference in key moments, as we saw again at [the 3-1 win at] Manchester United."

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