Barcelona, seriously struggling with debt and a
huge salary outlay, is set to be tested with a
£100m bid from Man City for star player Lionel
Messi according to reports from The Sun.
Messi is in the last 18 months of his contract at
Barca, and following recent comments by some
club directors, Messi could be sold if the right
financial offer comes in.
The player has been linked with a move to Man
City, PSG, and Man U and according to the new
report, Messi could join Man City as he holds
manager Pep Guardiola in high esteem and
misses playing for him.
The report reads:-
‘SunSport understands negotiations between
executives of both clubs were held at the end of
last month to determine if a world record
transfer is possible.
City did not make a formal bid for the five-time
World Player of the Year, but made it clear they
were not afraid of topping the global high of
£89m that Manchester United paid Juventus for
Paul Pogba last summer.’
Barca have so far refused to name a price or
even confirm they will sell Messi, who will turn
30 in June.
However, their willingness to listen to City has
encouraged the Etihad hierarchy and the
conversation was described as ‘positive’ by a
‘City boss Pep Guardiola is under increasing
scrutiny over the club’s poor form this term.
But Etihad chiefs retain total faith the former
Barca coach can turn them into Euro giants.’
‘They also believe the personal relationship
Guardiola forged with Messi at the Nou Camp
can seal any move.
Messi has seen the Catalan club hand huge new
deals to Luis Suarez and Neymar.’
‘But Barca have conceded they cannot afford the
kind of contract the Argentine wizard expects.
‘SunSport revealed last summer that City had
told the player’s advisors they were willing to
give him £800,000 a week.
‘And Messi’s camp claim their man — who has
been at Barca since he was 13 — was recently
offered £850k a week to move to China.’