Manchester City’s owners have reportedly offered Lionel Messi a three-year contract after the attacker left Barcelona.
The Catalan giants announced yesterday that Messi wouldn’t be renewing his contract at the club this summer despite agreeing a deal in principle for the superstar.
Barcelona are struggling to stay below their salary cap in La Liga with the Spanish league tightening their restrictions due to the global pandemic.
Since their announcement, rumours have predictably emerged of his possible next destination, with Man City and Paris Saint-Germain the early frontrunners.
One report claimed that City were the Argentine’s ‘first choice’ while it looks ‘impossible’ for PSG to sign Messi as they would have to sell a number of players first.
Another publication contradicted that by insisting that Messi had been in contact with PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino on Thursday evening and become the leaders in the race.
And now Le10Sport in France reckon that Messi ‘has not yet received a proposal from PSG’ and that the ‘only offer received’ has come from City Football Group.
They describe it as ‘a concrete and official offer’ from City’s owners which has been sent to Messi and his representatives in the form of a three-year proposal.
The first two years would be playing under Pep Guardiola at Man City before spending the third year of the deal at New York City FC.
Meanwhile, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has dismissed a U-turn from the La Liga outfit with the club not being able to afford a deal to keep Messi.
“I can’t make a decision that will affect the club for 50 years,” Laporta said.
“The club is over 100 years old and it’s above everyone and everything, even above the best player of the world. We will always thank him for everything he’s done for us.
“In order to have fair play, we need to do this or make an effort which would put the club at risk. We couldn’t keep going with this and we needed to make a decision, which we have.”
Laporta added: “Leo wanted to stay, so he’s not happy. We all wanted him to stay. For him, he has to confront reality. It’s a reality that can’t be changed and he knows I wish him the best wherever he goes.”