Lionel Messi ‘has already contacted Pep Guardiola over a sensational move to Manchester City’… but Barcelona ‘believe rivals United have begun negotiations with star’s agent’ after he revealed his desire to quit LaLiga side
- Lionel Messi has made it known to Barcelona that he wants to leave the club
- Messi enjoyed arguably the finest years of his career under Pep Guardiola
- The Argentine has reportedly contacted Guardiola about a move to Man City
- However, a separate report states Man Utd and PSG are both firmly interested
Lionel Messi has reportedly spoken to Pep Guardiola over the prospect of joining Manchester City this summer, but Barcelona believe Manchester United have started negotiations with the Argentine’s agent.
It was revealed on Tuesday that Barca legend Messi, who has spent his entire career at the Camp Nou, has told the club he wants to move on to pastures new.
That has started the rumour mill on where his next destination will be and according to Spanish outlet Radio Catalunya, Messi has already contacted former boss Guardiola about a move to the Etihad.
Lionel Messi has reportedly already contacted Pep Guardiola about a move to Man City
The pair enjoyed success together at the Camp Nou in the early stages of Messi’s career
According to Radio Catalunya, Messi has been in contact with Guardiola in recent days
The communication has been made in recent days about a potential reunion between the pair, after their illustrious success together between 2008-2012 at Barcelona.
Messi and Guardiola won two Champions League trophies and three LaLiga titles in a period where the Argentine forward became the best player in the world.
However, a separate report by Spanish website SPORT insists that Manchester Untied and PSG have already pushed to look to sign the 33-year-old.
Messi could link up with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to form a deadly trio at PSG this summer
The report details that Messi would be keen to join former team-mate Neymar, as well as Kylian Mbappe, at the Ligue 1 champions, who lost in the Champions League final on Sunday to Bayern Munich.
The arrival of Messi would form a sensational front-three duo at the Parc des Princes, as they look to go a step further in Europe next season.
Additionally, United have reportedly made contact with Messi’s representatives, as have Serie A side Inter Milan.
Man Utd (pic, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward) have the financial muscle to sign Messi
Both clubs have the financial muscle to facilitate Messi’s potential arrival, though that depends on whether the Barca skipper is allowed to leave on a free transfer or not.
Messi believes a clause in his contract allowing him to walk away for nothing is still valid because the season ended in August and not May because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Barcelona say the deadline for Messi to leave for free passed in June and will contest the player’s argument that the deadline changed when the season was rearranged after lockdown.