Lionel Messi reportedly wants his former Barcelona teammate Neymar to join him at Manchester City.
Hang on, did we miss something?
An interesting turn of events for a player to be persuading another player to join him at a club he himself doesn’t currently play for.
Jorge Nicola claims Messi has spoken to Neymar privately about his exit from Barcelona and has urged his friend to quit Paris Saint-Germain and make a big-money move to the Premier League.
Messi is apparently unperturbed by tiny little snags like Guardiola maybe not wanting Neymar, or the club not being able to afford him.
Barcelona chiefs are currently working on convincing Messi to stay at the club after his faxed transfer request rocked the football world.
The 33-year-old asked for his contract – which still has a year to run – to be terminated under an end-of-season release clause which technically ran out in May.
Messi’s intention to quit the Nou Camp came after Ronald Koeman’s appointment as Quique Setien’s successor last week, and some slightly strange comments from the former Everton boss.