Catalans preparing for life without their star man.
Barcelona are considering selling star asset Lionel Messi to the highest overseas bidder in 2016, report the Daily Star, after speculation linking him to the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea intensified over the last couple of seasonas as the Argentine’s form has dipped slightly.
Messi has spent his entire career at the Nou Camp and become arguably the finest player of his generation, although he does not quite seem to have the same physical staying power as great rival Cristiano Ronaldo, whilst Messi also doesn’t enjoy the same close relationship with his club’s decision makers as the Portuguese.
This could lead to Barcelona deciding to cash in on Messi in eighteen months’ time, with the report suggesting that wheels have already been put in motion to prepare Brazilian Neymar to become the club’s marquee player, after he has operated somewhat in Messi’s shadow since joining the club from Santos last summer.
Messi is still likely to command an eye-watering financial package, both in terms of transfer fee and wages, should he leave the Nou Camp, with Paris Saint Germain and Bayern Munich perhaps being the only clubs outside of England’s richest three club sides who could afford the Argentine superstar.