Man City set to make €300m move for Messi

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Lionel Messi’s Barcelona future is once again back under the spotlight with reports suggesting he could join Manchester City in stunning swoop.


According to a recent TV documentary aired in Spain, Messi met with Etihad boss Pep Guardiola last summer to explore the possibility of moving to the Premier League. It’s a transfer which could rock world football should it take place, and different media outlets have their own takes on what could possibly happen.


Any speculation, though, didn’t appear to get to the player on Sunday as he helped Barcelona to a 2-0 victory over Real Betis.


Representatives from Manchester City have met with Lionel Messi as the player becomes dissatisfies with the state of the Barcelona squad, especially following the sale of Neymar.


They claim the fact his proposed new deal at the Nou Camp hasn’t been signed will allow City to swoop, even if it is with a view to landing him next summer when his contract expires.


According to the Spanish newspaper, Man City owner Mansour bin Zayed Al-Nahyan is targeting the Argentine superstar having seen fellow Qatari tycoon Nasser Al-Khelaifi sign Neymar for Paris Saint-Germain.


Another Spanish newspaper, has reported a tweet from former Barcelona president Joan Laporta which sees him insist the club get rid of the current supremo, Josep Maria Bartomeu, or risk losing Lionel Messi.

"If we want Messi to continue being happy here at Barcelona then we need to get rid of Bartomeu immediately," he tweeted.


Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has downplayed reports Messi could leave the club and said that the contract extension will be signed soon.

"The agreement for Messi's renewal is total on both sides," he told beIN.

"We are looking for the right moment to sign it, there's nothing else [to be said]. We already know how key Leo is. He's a very important player for football."

Credit: TalkSPORTS

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