Messi to Man City – Goodnews to the Citizens as Messi selects Man City as his new destination
It have been gathered that spoke with his former coach Pep Guardiola, before handing in a transfer request at Camp Nou.
The Argentine international has told Barcelona , the soccer club where he has spent more than half his life that he wants to depart, invoking a clause in his contract that would let him switch teams without Barcelona receiving a transfer fee.
Barcelona, though, insist he still has a €700 million (£630m/$825m) release clause in his contract, which runs until 2021, and that is set to be a contentious issue regarding his demand to leave.
After the embarrassing ouster from the Champions League earlier this Month, Messi announced his intention in the bluntest way possible, the club confirmed, signaling that his frustration with the club had reached a breaking point.
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Though the stunning move does not guarantee he will leave, Messi has put the world on notice for one of the wildest bidding wars in the history of sports.
The owner of Manchester City, a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family is ready to reunite the Argentine with his former Manager who shepherded Messi to the pinnacle of soccer at Barcelona from 2008 – 2012.
The relationship between the two men remains very close, having worked previously together at Barca, where Messi has spent the entire duration of his senior career after first moving to the club in 2001.
Other suitors include the French giants, PSG backed by an arm of Qatar’s sovereign-wealth fund, who already has the two players who commanded the highest transfer fees in history on its books, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Manchester United and Inter Milan are among the other clubs credited with a serious interest in the attacker, who has previously said that he would one day like to return to play with Newell’s Old Boys in his homeland before he retires from the game.
Meanwhile, as the club prepare to get bogged down in bargaining, some Barcelona fans are already moving on to acceptance.
“Catalonia will always be your home,” Quim Torra, the president of the Catalan government wrote on twitter on Tuesday night
“Thank you so much for all this time of happiness and extraordinary football. We have been lucky enough to share a few years of our lives with the best player in the world.”
Barcelona remains the only club Messi has ever known since his professional era. He joined Barca’s legendary youth academy. He cracked the first team when he was 17 year-old and scored the first of his 634 goals for the club on his way to 33 major trophies in 16 years.