As Lionel Messi comes to Paris this week with Barcelona in the Champions League, the inevitable temptation is to think ahead to next season and wonder if the Argentine might be a regular fixture in the French capital. . . That remains the nightmare scenario for Barcelona fans, even if their new president Joan Laporta announced following his election victory on Sunday that he was convinced he wants to stay. . . Barcelona, like Real Madrid, fear the threat to their status at the top of the European game posed by Qatar-owned PSG and Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City. . . On the evidence of the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, PSG have bypassed Barca. Their 4-1 win at the Camp Nou means it would take a stunning turnaround in Wednesdays return to stop them reaching the quarterfinals. . . A move to one of Spains giants was long seen as the pinnacle for any player, but times have changed, as proven by Neymars transfer to Paris for a world record 222 million euros $264m at the time in 2017. . . PSG and City are probably the only likely destinations for Messi should he leave. But could a switch to Paris really happen?. . RESERVED A SEAT JUST IN CASE. . Great players like Messi will always be on PSGs list, insisted the French champions sporting director Leonardo in a January interview with France Football magazine. . . We are sat at the big table with all those who are keeping a close eye on it. Well, we are not sat down yet, but we have reserved a seat just in case. . . Neymar would be delighted to team up with the Argentine again. Its what I most want, he told ESPN in December. . . PSG would not need to pay a transfer fee, and Messi who turns 34 in June would be joining a club surely better placed in the short term to win the Champions League. . . He would also be teaming up with a coach in Mauricio Pochettino who is a fellow Argentine. . . Indeed, Pochettino was born in Murphy in the province of Santa Fe, just 150 kilometres from Messis home city, Rosario. Both started playing at Newells Old Boys. . . I have to be careful not to talk about players who are at other clubs, Pochettino said of Messi in an interview with AFP last week. . . In any case it is an easy answer. Great players can play for any team. . . Yet Messi does not represent the future. Kylian Mbappe, scorer of a hat-trick in the first leg, does. He is 22, the age Messi was when he won his first Ballon dOr. . . – New contracts for Mbappe and Neymar? -. . PSGs energy and finances need to be focused on the future of Mbappe and the 29-year-old Neymar. . . Both are out of contract at the end of next season. Leonardo recently said a new deal for the Brazilian was on the right track. . . Meanwhile Mbappe has admitted he is still mulling over what to do next. . . I am very happy here. I have always been very happy, he declared recently. But I want to think about what I want to do in the coming years, where I want to be. . . According to documents released in 2018 by Football Leaks, Neymars existing after-tax salary is 30 million euros $35. 8m a year while Mbappes was due to rise to 11 million euros this year. It is safe to assume neither will be taking a wage reduction to stay. . . Meanwhile, in January El Mundo published details of Messis current contract, which it said is worth up to 555 million euros over four years. . . PSG are rich but are far from immune to the economic crisis hitting football due to the pandemic and also the collapse of Frances domestic television deal. . . The latest Deloitte Football Money League put their revenue last season at 540. 6 million euros, a drop of almost 100 million on the previous season. According to LEquipe, PSG expect to lose 204 million euros this season. . . Money may have once proven no obstacle for PSG, but the current climate means signing Messi could be beyond even them. . . A place in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, at Messis expense, should not be.