Man City are assessing whether they can afford to have Lionel Messi in their team. They are trying to find out how to set a transfer that wouldn’t be against Financial Fair Play regulations.
Rumors have been rife about the departure of the Barca striker since their humiliating defeat to Bayern Munich earlier this month. According to reports, the 33-year-old doesn’t want to stay at Camp Nou anymore and is now looking for new opportunities – and Man City has been considered as a possible destination.
The potential move doesn’t seem to be easy for the Red Devils as Blaugranas have announced that any clubs would have to pay his € 700 million release clause. Josep Bartomeu has also said Messi will stay in the team under new coach Ronald Koeman. However, some reports claim the player already told the new boss that he would not remain at the club.
Messi has been with Barcelona for more than ten years, making 734 appearances and scoring 631 goals.