Manchester City continue to be linked with Lionel Messi as the Argentine’s future at Camp Nou continues to be in the air.
Messi, 33, was very close to joining Manchester City last summer but the Blaugrana skipper chose not to make the move to avoid a legal battle with the club that he has spent his entire footballing career at.
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Barcelona slumped to their second defeat in their last five games on May 16 and it means that the Blaugrana are officially out of the title race, despite having their fate in their own hands almost three weeks back.
With the La Liga title out of their reach, Barcelona will hope to settle the issue surrounding Messi’s future at the club. Meanwhile, Manchester City are willing to take advantage of Barcelona’s costly slip-up and offer a record-breaking blockbuster deal to the 33-year-old, as per ESPN.
It is understood that City officials have been told that a £500,000/week after taxes contract for one year would be required to lure Messi from Spain.
These are some huge numbers but the Cityzens sure do have the muscle to make it happen and manager Pep Guardiola’s close relationship with the Argentine could also be a deciding factor. It was under Pep Guardiola that Lionel Messi enjoyed two UEFA Champions League triumphs and shattered a few records on an individual front in the process.
Messi’s main concern last summer when he wanted to leave the Blaugrana was about the lack of a winning project at the club.
Realistically speaking, City look like the most settled team in Europe at the moment and are likely to dominate European football in the coming years. Messi has got a far better chance of landing the coveted UCL trophy at Manchester City as compared to Barcelona.
With all due respect to FC Barcelona, the Spanish giants are at an end of a cycle and are currently enduring a transition phase. It is likely that it will go on for at least a couple more seasons.
Having said that, Messi absolutely loves Barcelona, and having registered a Copa Del Rey title victory this season, after a miraculous comeback against Sevilla having been 0-2 down, it is enough to make anyone believe that the side does have determination.
It is highly unlikely that the 33-year-old will leave Barcelona, as it stands.