Football superstar Lionel Messi recently rejected a new deal with Barcelona and rumors started flying around that he will leave at the end of his contract. One of the teams linked with Messi is Manchester City and their official website claims that they could be signing him very soon.
According to Marca.com, the 29-year-old Argentine forward is not going to think about a new deal until his current one expires on 2018. The report added that the on-going tax fraud cases has Messi and his representatives thinking about switching addresses in the future.
However, Barcelona is very confident in retaining their superstar forward, per ESPN FC. The club thinks that Lionel Messi will sign a new deal once Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez renew their contracts. It comes off the heels of new deals for Sergio Busquests, Javier Mascherano and Neymar.
But the news of Messi not thinking about a new deal has linked him with a move to Manchester City where his former coach, Pep Guardiola, is currently managing. Guardiola helped turned the diminutive forward into the best player in the world and possibly in history.
And to add fuel to the first, the official website of Manchester City has claimed that Lionel Messi could be signing with them very soon. The report quoted several articles about Messi and City with one of them being about the English club being confident of the possible signing.
Manchester City is one of the richest football clubs in the world and it would be foolish for them not to go after Lionel Messi. They certainly have the money to buy him if Barcelona decides to sell or offer him a huge contract if he wants to leave on a Bosman transfer.
On the other hand, it would also be foolish for Barcelona to let the best player in the world go. However, if the player decides to leave, they have no choice but to sell him rather than see him leave for free. His transfer would probably break the world record fee.
Photo Courtesy: habergaraj/Flickr