Barcelona are reportedly open to the idea of selling Lionel Messi.
The legendary forward is Barca’s all-time record goalscorer, having netted more than 400 goals in all competitions.
Messi seemingly has plenty more goals left in him too. He is just 28 years old and has scored six times in his last six games, including a fine strike in the FIFA World Club Cup final.
Despite Messi’s unwavering brilliance, The Sun claim that Barcelona will consider letting him leave because their no.1 priority is to hang onto 23-year-old Brazil forward Neymar.
The Sun add that Messi is ‘edging closer to a stunning £120m move to Manchester City’, who are apparently ready to pay him £800,000 per week in wages – an astonishing annual salary of £41.6m.
Messi is loved – even hailed as a god – at Barca, but it would be understandable if he decided to move on. After all, he has already won everything at the Camp Nou – seven La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys, six Supercopa de Espanas, four Champions Leagues, three UEFA Super Cups and three Club World Cups.
The prospect of a move to North-West England to add the Capital One Cup to his ever-growing list of honours may well appeal to Messi.
On a more serious note, Messi could be attracted to the Etihad Stadium by City’s strong contingent of Argentinian players.
City’s current squad includes Martin Demichelis, Nicolas Otamendi, Pablo Zabaleta and, of course, Sergio Aguero – all of whom Messi has played alongside at international level.
Messi to Man City?
Would Manchester City be crazy to pay Lionel Messi £41.6m per year (£800k per week), or crazy not to?
— CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) December 29, 2015