Manchester City ‘nearing sensational Lionel Messi transfer from Barcelona while they are also close to tying down Pep Guardiola to new contract’ in stunning double deal for Etihad outfit
- Manchester City believe they are closing in on signing Barcelona’s Lionel Messi
- They also think they could lock down boss Pep Guardiola for three more years
- Messi has reaffirmed his desire to leave Barcelona before the new season
Barcelona‘s talisman has reaffirmed his desire to leave the club ahead of next season, with City currently the front runners for his signature.
City believe they can keep Guardiola on board for another three years by making the sensational signing, and Messi is also keen for his former boss to remain if he is to make the move to the Premier League.
Manchester City are reportedly closing in on reuniting Lionel Messi with Pep Guardiola
Messi is no longer happy with life at Barcelona and has told the club he wants to leave
It is thought that both Messi and Guardiola both require the other to be at the club, and they are apparently close to a mutually beneficial double deal.
Messi’s lawyers believe that having sent a burofax informing Barcelona of his intention to leave on Tuesday, he is now a free agent due to a hotly-disputed clause in his contract.
But Barcelona are hoping for a players-plus-cash deal totalling around £250million, rather than trying to get City to pay his £625million release clause, which would most likely involve a legal battle.
His contract states that the club had to be notified by him if he wished to leave by June 10, to take advantage of the clause which would let him depart as a free agent.
Barcelona are said to be holding out for a players-plus-cash deal totalling around £250million
Messi argues that the date is meant to indicate the end of the season and the exceptional circumstances of the coronavirus delay mean he fulfilled those criteria by exercising it last Tuesday.
Manchester City are understandably facing competition from Europe’s elite clubs for Messi, with PSG, Inter Milan and Juventus all entering the bidding war.
Barca maintain they have no interest in negotiating, nor in being compensated with what they see as City cast-offs, with Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva suggested as makeweights in a swap deal.
Meanwhile, new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman already appears to be moving on from Messi, as he is intent on signing Georginio Wijnaldum, Sadio Mane – though Liverpool will resist – and Lyon forward Memphis Depay.