Lionel Messi’s days at Barcelona has been numbered since reports confirmed that the player’s father, Jorge, has informed the Spanish giants of his son’s decision. However, rumors have it before now that the Argentina international footballer will be heading to Manchester City, where Pep Guardiola is currently in charge – and now it’s Manchester United.
Image: Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona.
Latest news reports say Barcelona and Messi’s representatives have made contact over a new contract.
Notwithstanding efforts from Barca president Josep Bartomeu to keep his famous No. 10 grounded for the rest of his career, a Sunday report from The Mirror says Manchester City has made a huge offer for the player.
Image: Lionel Messi
For the past few weeks, Pep has been in denial of any plan to lure Messi away from Barcelona. But a new move from Manchester United and Adidas seem to have forced the former Bayern Munich and Barca coach to make his interest known.
Marketing Deportivo, a news outlet, claims Jose Mourinho wants to sign Lionel Messi.
Although Messi returned to training on Monday, his fitness for games has been overshadowed by the rumored 100 million euros he received in order not to sign a new contract with Luis Enrique’s men.
A report from Sport confirms Manchester United and Adidas are working hard to convince the World Best Player and lure him to the English Premier League.
Sport quotes Marketing Deportivo as reporting that “the German company is willing to pay the English club 100 million euros annually.
“Messi’s contract renewal has not commenced, they’re not even negotiating and there’s not even a firm offer on the table,” the report says, adding that conversations between both parties however commenced last week.
Manchester United has never been afraid to invest huge amounts of money in players. Though the club is yet to get reasonable results from their investments, they’ll pay whatever it takes to get Messi to Old Trafford and possibly win the Champions League or EPL trophy.
The problem has been Messi’s 250 million euro release clause which Adidas has already plotted how to avoid.
Image: Lionel Messi
Sport confirms Adidas added a clause which would see the 100 million euros drop to 65 million euros, more or less, in the case United don’t reach the Champions League with Lionel Messi.
Seems the Argentine has some kind of magic which is badly needed at Old Trafford.