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Lionel Messi opens the door for Manchester City after refusing Barcelona talks

According to Marca, Lionel Messi has told Barcelona that he doesn’t want to extend his Barcelona contract at the moment.

According to Spanish publication Marca, Lionel Messi told Barcelona back in July that he didn’t want to sign a contract extension with Barcelona as he wants to keep his options open.

This means that Manchester City may well be on red alert if Messi doesn’t choose to renew his contract as the man commonly known as the world’s best player would be available on a free transfer.

Marca report that “Manchester City are the club that has a greater chance of acquiring his services” due to the appeal of Pep Guardiola on the bench and the project that is unfolding at the Etihad.

As well as the ongoing project at Manchester City, Lionel Messi may be keen to move elsewhere due to the ongoing tax investigation in Spain, during which he was sentenced to 21 months in prison, although he won’t serve that time.

However, it’s important to note that Marca is a Madrid based publication and the story could merely be created to cause discontent within Barcelona.

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