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Manchester City are reportedly preparing to offer Lionel Messi a hugely lucrative two-year contract if they can sign him from Barcelona. Messi informed the Catalan giants of his intentions to leave last week.
The Argentine international’s legal team believes he can leave the club on a free transfer due to a clause in his current deal, and Barcelona arguing the clause expired in June.
Regardless of the situation, City’s interest appears most firm, and according to Spanish outlet, Cadena Ser City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain is currently in Barcelona attempting to strike a deal.
It is thought if the move does go through Messi would sign on for an initial two years, but this would be able to be extended if both the club and player wanted to do so. Messi is believed to want the move to City to link up again with his former boss Pep Guardiola.
Man City CEO Ferran Soriano could travel to Barcelona this Friday, after the meeting between Jorge Messi and Bartomeu. The idea is to ‘pay little’ and include players in a possible deal.