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Manchester City confident over Lionel Messi transfer after bombshell from Barcelona presidential candidate

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Levante UD played at Camp Nou Stadium on December 13, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Pressinphoto/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

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Manchester City are reportedly confident they’re leading the race for the transfer of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, according to the Telegraph. Barca presidential candidate Agusti Benedito casts major doubt over Messi’s future at the Nou Camp.

“Keeping Messi would be the best news for the club but I am not very optimistic,” Benedito said. “Given the club’s situation, I think it’s really important that he stays at Barca, with the understanding that he understands the next two years we have in front us [could be difficult].

“He’s been here for 20 years – he’s a Barcelona fan and I think he’s sensitive to the situation. He has given us so much in the same way that Barcelona have given him a lot and it’s time for us all to roll up our sleeves.

“I would have liked him to say in his interview the other week that his desire is to stay at the club, but he didn’t and now we have to wait and see. The truth is I am pessimistic. Remember that in August he said he wanted to leave after 20 years and now he’s still not cleared up what he wants to do. The most likely outcome I see is that he leaves us in the summer.”

Messi would be an incredible signing for City if they can pull it off, with the Argentine widely regarded as perhaps the greatest player of all time.

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