Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is believed to be pushing the club hierarchy to bring in Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who he considers ready to leave the Catalan giants. According to The Mirror, City have made the Argentine maestro their top priority this summer and they are ready to splash out a sensational £100 million for him.
The report claims Messi’s father is right now in Barcelona to discuss his son’s future, but there is possibility that the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner may not extend his services with just 16 months to run on his current contract.
If the La Liga giants fail to reach any agreement then there will be a complete chaos whether to allow Messi see out the contract and lose him for nothing, or offload him this summer and recoup a huge transfer fee to rebuild the future squad without him.
Further, Spanish media suggest Barca will struggle to agree terms especially after already signing Neymar and Luis Suarez to new deals, they are at high risk of falling foul of La Liga’s salary restrictions which clearly states clubs aren’t allowed to spend over 70 per cent of their income on wages.
With Messi’s reported wage £20m-a-year excluding tax, the Catalans are finding it difficult to get him to commit his future.
This scenario will reignite the speculation over a move to Manchester to gather even greater pace in the coming months, as recent rumours say Messi wanted Guardiola back at Camp Nou this summer with Luis Enrique’s time at the club coming to an end.
Perhaps slightly over-the-top and melodramatic, Barcelona’s 4-0 humiliation to PSG in the Champions League this week was considered by some as a clear indication that it’s perhaps an end of an era and a rebuild is needed.