Manchester City’s hopes of reuniting Pep Guardiola with apprentice Lionel Messi appear to be almost over as the Argentine is set to put pen to paper on a stunning new deal.
Over the past year, Messi has been linked with various clubs including Manchester City, however, the little magician is set to sign a new deal with Barcelona, a 5-year deal that will see Messi extend his stay until June. 2026.
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While it may be a blow to Manchester City, it has been evident over the past few weeks that Messi will remain at Barca. He recently became a free agent after the Blaugrana convinced Messi to cut his salary massively by 50% from his previous contract.
Manchester City’s pursuit of Leo Messi ends as he draws closer to new Barca deal
According to a Goal report, the 34-year-old has pocketed around € 75million (£ 64million / $ 89million) per season, over the past 5 years, however, due to an economic crisis A major at the Nou camp, Messi has accepted a huge pay cut to extend his status as an individual club.
Official confirmation on this is expected soon, and it almost ends Manchester City’s chance to bring Messi to the Etihad. Clubs like PSG and Inter Miami owned by David Beckham were also interested in the little magician, but he decided not to seek pasture again.
Having recently led Argentina to Copa America victory, and in the process, winning their very first international trophy, Messi will now return to Camp Nou after his vacation, for another difficult La Liga campaign next season.
Apart from a few minor details, Barcelona have everything in place to welcome their talisman again, as Manchester City turn their attention to Harry Kane and Jack Grealish.
City have made the Tottenham skipper their priority this summer, alongside Grealish, although neither come on the cheap.
It should be an interesting summer transfer window, and it remains to be seen whether Man City can pull off the landing shot from one or both targets.