- Leo Messi was forced to stay in FC Barcelona after a legal battle with his childhood club and La Liga.
- Manchester City are making efforts to land the Argentinian superstar this January.
- Messi has an outburst of frustration at FC Barcelona.
- The La Liga President has already embraced himself for the Lionel Messi transfer to a different league.
After all the transfer drama throughout the summer, the FC Barcelona legend Lionel Messi decided to stay at his childhood club. However, he did state that he would just stay for one season and complete his contract. It is rumoured by many sources that the Argentinian superstar will seek a move out of FC Barcelona in the winter transfer window if possible.
Messi transfer update as City hope to land him
City missed out on the Barcelona superstar in the summer when he was forced into staying after a bitter legal row.
The Argentine superstar’s relationship with Barca is still frosty and the Spanish club are desperate for money. Therefore, Man City are considering making a move in the upcoming transfer window. It would be a sure sign of their commitment to boss Pep Guardiola, who is yet to agree on a deal to stay at the Etihad beyond next summer.
Messi, 33, is out of contract at the end of the season and his club bosses are resigned to the fact their legendary striker may quit on a free. However, Barcelona needs to cut their costs drastically, with debts of £437million. The chance to bring in any fee, possibly less than £50m, for the six-time World Player of the Year is one Barca may find too good to turn down. There is a belief the current situation could see them tempt Barca with an offer in the New Year to finally get his signature.
Crucially, UEFA rules now allow players to swap for a club in the Champions League in the second half of the season, even if he has taken part in the competition for another team in the group stages. So capturing Messi would be a huge boost to City as Guardiola looks to finally deliver the European title the club and manager himself crave.
Lionel Messi’s furious airport outburst
Argentine star reacted furiously to reception upon landing in Barcelona. Lionel Messi’s furious airport outburst has given Manchester City new hope of signing the Barcelona star, claims the Express.
The Argentina captain stated he was “tired of always being the problem” at Camp Nou after returning from international duty, suggesting that his frustration remains despite withdrawing his request to leave over the summer.
La Liga president Tebas ‘ready’ for Messi’s departure from Spain
La Liga President Javier Tebas says he is “ready” for the exit of Lionel Messi, while criticizing Manchester City, a club he believes could sign him. Javier Tebas wants Messi to stay in Spain but feels La Liga would cope without him.
He argued that the competition had continued to thrive following Neymar’s 2017 departure from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain, and Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2018 move from Real Madrid to Juventus.
“We would prefer Messi to stay in La Liga but Ronaldo and Neymar left and we have not noticed any difference,” Tebas said. “We are ready.”
La Liga’s president has repeatedly criticised City, having previously made numerous allegations about their structure, including accusing them of financial doping, before they were cleared of serious FFP breaches by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in July. He aimed more criticism at them when he spoke on Tuesday.
Tebas said: “It seems the only club in Premier League that talks about registering Messi is Manchester City, who compete outside the rules. I am not the only one saying this.
Two important factors for the Messi transfer to Man City
According to El Chiringuito, via Sport Witness, City remain favorites to sign the player but there’s still two ‘renewals’ that need to happen at the Etihad Stadium.
The report claims that Messi wants manager Pep Guardiola to renew his deal, with the former Barca boss in his final year at the club, and the forward wants fellow Argentina teammate Sergio Aguero to also sign a new deal.
Guardiola, who of course managed Messi at the Nou Camp, winning the Champions League twice in their time together, is already been in his fifth year in the Premier League. It’s the longest he’s been the manager at one club, having been in charge at Barca for four years and at Bayern Munich for three years, and there have been some questions over whether he’ll stay or not.
Aguero’s fitness has been one of those problems and there’s also questions about the future of the club’s all-time top scorer.His injuries, along with Gabriel Jesus’ injuries and form, have led to strong links with big name strikers, with Lautaro Martinez and Erling Haaland amongst the names previously linked.