Messi to Manchester City
As reported by Duncan Castles for the Daily Record, City’s owners and Messi have agreed terms on a five-year deal worth a staggering €700m (£623m) – the same amount as his release clause.
The offer would see Messi spend three years in the Premier League with City and the remaining two years with New York City FC – who are also owned by City Football Group (CFG).
It’s also reported that Messi could be offered an equity stake in CFG as part of his compensation package.
It’s a contract offer that would cement the six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s status as the best-paid footballer on the planet for the remainder of his career.
It is reported that, Messi is desperate to work under Guardiola again, with a source close to the player saying: “Messi thinks Guardiola took the best football out of him, and he wants to repeat that.”
However, the deal is solely reliant on whether Barca will agree to let their prized asset leave the club for free this summer.
According to a Barcelona source, president Josep Maria Bartomeu does “not want to be remembered as the president who transferred Messi”.
But the Spanish club – who’re heavily in debt – will have to soon ask themselves; is there any point in keeping such a highly-paid player when they’re so desperate to leave?