MAURICIO POCHETTINO is tipped to make Lionel Messi his top transfer target at PSG.
Ex-Spurs boss Pochettino hopes Messi joins Kylian Mbappe and Neymar for a stunning front three next season as he closes on the PSG job.
The French champs are poised to appoint Poch within days after Thomas Tuchel's Christmas Eve sacking.
And Le Parisien believe the Argentinian's arrival would boost PSG's chances of beating Inter Milan and Manchester City to his fellow countryman.
Former Barcelona team-mate Neymar is among the friends Messi already has at last season's Champions League finalists.
Messi, 33, is still rated likely to depart the Nou Camp in the summer, despite settling his differences and accepting he had to stay for this campaign.
He has just broken the record for goals at one club, with 644, one more than Pele's staggering total for Santos.
But his future could be decided next month after the club's presidential elections.
Barcelona legend Carles Puyol predicts Messi still has 'three or four years' left as an elite player.
The former Spain defender, who won 100 caps, said: "He takes care of himself. He is motivated and eager."
Puyol believes the key for Messi is avoiding 'major injuries and if he continues playing with the same desire to improve and keep winning'.
Meanwhile, PSG have reportedly promised Pochettino that Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe WILL stay if the 48-year-old takes over.
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