Lionel Messi has reportedly agreed a five year deal with English giants Manchester City in a mega-money deal. It proves to be one of the biggest deals in football history. The argentine has claimed he is tired of the Spanish club after they failed to win the champions league. Not just that, they also lost to Bayern Munich in an overwhelming 8-2 semi-final match.
Messi is keen on working with former coach, Pep Guardiola once again after some years of his departure. However, Messi signing for Manchester city won’t be easy. As he still has one year remaining in the Spanish club with a release clause of €700m. Mancity is hopeful that Messi will negotiate a deal that would see him leave the Camp Nou on a free transfer. If the deal is finally agreed, Mancity will stamp the signing of Messi as they already agreed on financial terms.
The deal is reportedly a five-year deal worth €700m (£623m). The deal consists of him playing for three years in Manchester city and two years in MLS team New York City. The clubs are owned by the City Football Group (CFG). It was also reported that lionel Messi would also be offered an equity stake in CFG. This will be part of his compensation. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner will also be the best-paid footballer in the world until the end of his career.
Lionel Messi father set to meet with Barcelona Head
Lionel Messi’s father, Pete Jorge is set to have a meeting with Barcelona’s president Maria Bartomeu according to reports. Jorge plans to issue an exit for Messi. But Barca has a plan to tell him the argentine has a contract with the club. and the club is not ready to negotiate. Reports also said Barca are preparing to renew Messi’s contract until the 2022 world cup.
Leo Messi was not found in the preseason training this week after Barca’s new coach, Ronald Koeman began training with the club. This act has made his exit to Manchester city even more likely.
However, Before any deal will be completed Messi’s exit clause situation will need to be cleared. There could probably be an agreement between Barcelona and Manchester City.
Barca’s presidential candidate confirmed that the Catalan club had given up hopes of being able to hold onto the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Victor Fonts stated last week that the only reason Messi could remain in the club is only if president Maria Bartomeu resigns. Fonts were asked if it is too late for Messi to change his mind. Fonts replied That’s the only way it seems. This is the best football club in the world and we will do everything to ensure that Messi stays with the association.