Manchester City waiting on Lionel Messi
Pep Guardiola needs a striker to replace Sergio Aguero, whose departure has already been announced and Messi could be that forward.
Manchester City have not given up on Lionel Messi.
The Premier League club is hoping to capitalize on the Argentine’s decision of living the Spanish club before making a move for the Barcelona captain.
Lionel Messi’s current contract with the Blaugranas will finish at the end of the current season, meaning he has 85 days more to decide whether he will sign a new deal or depart from Spain.
Paris Saint Germain are one of the clubs likely to benefit from Messi’s pronouncement against his childhood club in the coming days following the 33-year old’s relationship with Neymar, yet a reunion with former manager, Pep Guardiola cannot be ruled out.
Messi was keen to leave last summer but a legal battle threat by the former President of the club, Josep Bartomeu ended his decision to abandon the club.
Marca reports that the Citizens will not make a move until the player makes it clear he wants out.
The departure of Aguero at the end of the season means there is a vacancy to fill and the directors of Etihad will hold on until Messi reveals plans for the future.
The contract prepared for the six-time b’allon d'Or winner by Manchester City is lucrative – a two-year deal before heading to another of the City Football Group's teams, potentially New York City in MLS.
With Barcelona in talks to sign Erling Haaland as Josep Bartomeu is preparing to transform the current squad for honors, Messi’s decision could be influenced yet all boils until the end of his contract.