Barcelona have been handed a transfer blow by Paris Saint-Germain.

The Catalan club received a blow in their attempts to bring Lionel Messi back to the club next year.

Messi’s contract with PSG will expire at the end of the current season, but, according to L’Equipe, PSG are working on a renewal for the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner.

PSG already possess an option to extend Messi’s deal by another year, but the report added that the French Ligue 1 champions are confident of getting the Argentine captain to sign on for another two years.

That would extend Messi’s deal until 2025, at which point he would turn 38.

Messi completed a shock free transfer move to PSG last summer after he was unable to sign a new contract with Barcelona due to LaLiga regulations.

He broke virtually every record during over 20 years at Camp Nou, scoring an incredible 672 goals in 778 games.

Messi has been linked with a return to Barcelona at the end of the season with manager Xavi and club president Joan Laporta keen to sign him.

Lionel Messi: PSG hand Barcelona transfer blow