- Lionel Messi could be making a stunning move to Manchester City next summer
- Barcelona chiefs are said to be expecting the Argentine star to leave next summer
- Messi will however have the chance to have reunion with Pep Guardiola at Man City
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Spanish giants Barcelona have reportedly lost hope of convincing captain Lionel Messi to stay beyond the ongoing season as they are now expecting him to join Manchester City.
Lionel Messi's current deal at Barcelona will expire next summer which means that the six-time Ballon d'Or winner would leave the Nou Camp on a free transfer.
Before the end of the recent transfer window, Lionel Messi almost left Barcelona for a move to Premier League side Manchester City, but he eventually stayed.
The Argentine was not happy with how Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League losing against Bayern Munich and felt it was time for him to leave the side.
However, his father traveled to Spain from Argentina to have discussion with Barcelona chiefs and Lionel Messi accepted to stay.
According to the report on UK Sun citing Mirror, Barcelona have concluded that Lionel Messi will be on his way to the Etihad in around eight months time.
New Barcelona coach explained below.
“I was always hoping Messi would stay for this season. If he had left in the summer, I would have had a very different situation at Barca.
“He wanted to leave but the club was very clear to him. The buy out clause was so high, that not a single club in the world was going to pay that in these times''.
Lionel Messi: Barcelona chief reportedly expect the Argentine to join Man City
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Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Lionel Messi reportedly rejected massive €450,000-a-week deal to join Spanish champions Real Madrid seven years ago telling Los Blancos' chiefs not to waste their time.
The Argentina superstar graduated from the La Masia Academy to the main team and played his first game for Barcelona 16 years ago when he replaced Deco.
According to the report, Real Madrid wanted to pay massive amount for them to lure Lionel Messi away from Barcelona in 2013 which would have made him highest paid.
The report added that Lionel Messi stated clearly that he was not interested in leaving Barcelona for the club's biggest rivals Real Madrid.
Real Madrid were said to be planning to offer Lionel Messi eight-year contract which would have also given his father and agent Jorge massive €16 million.
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