It seems that the unthinkable of Lionel Messi leaving Catalan giants Barcelona could well become a reality this summer.
Due to his contract situation, the 32-year-old would be able to leave the reigning Spanish champions on a free transfer.
Plenty of takers for Messi
While there may not be a fee involved, the veteran forward is reported to be earning around £50million in wages a year. The fact that the buying club are not paying a transfer fee would likely negate the forward’s wage demands though.
Despite his massive wages, there will still be plenty of clubs looking to sign the diminutive forward player this summer.
City the favourites
Many clubs may fancy signing the Argentinian superstar, but quite simply very few clubs would be able to afford to sign Messi. His signing would certainly raise the profile of the club he joins. One club that could afford to sign the Argentinian forward is Manchester City.
Citizens head coach Pep Guardiola was the first Barcelona boss to give the then-teenage Messi a chance in the first-team. The pair went on a trophy-laden run together at the Catalan club. They reportedly still have a very good relationship and maintained contact after Guardiola’s exit.
The City boss has since stated on many occasions that Messi is the best player in the world. Guardiola would jump at the chance to sign the 32-year-old.
Rivals for his signature
While City may be the favourites to sign Lionel Messi this summer, the Citizens will have rivals for his signature. City’s most likely rivals for the forwards signature are Italian giants Juventus and PSG.
Both clubs have the financial resources to pull off a deal to sign the veteran star. Lionel Messi’s next move will likely be down to the player himself. It could be an intriguing summer if the diminutive star decides to end his long association with Barcelona.
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