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Manchester City meet representatives of Lionel Messi and could sign him FREE next year – report

Manchester City recently held a meeting with representatives of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi to discuss bringing the Argentine to the Premier League, Duncan Castles has sensationally claimed in the Daily Record.

Messi is said to have become increasingly dissatisfied with the state of Barcelona squad, having seen Neymar join PSG this summer in a €222million deal.

Barcelona and Messi have a verbal agreement over a new four-year contract worth over £1million-a-week, but it remains unsigned, raising fresh doubts about his future.

City, who have chased Messi for years, would be very unlikely to sign the 30-year-old this summer with so little time left in the window, presenting the intriguing possibility of signing arguably the best player in history on a free transfer ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

Castles quotes a Barcelona source in saying Messi “is seriously considering leaving. He is open to a move, but knowing the player it will take him a while to decide”.

And if he does decide to quit Camp Nou, it could well be for a reunion with Pep Guardiola next year.

A more realistic option for City this summer is Alexis Sanchez, who City are poised to offer up to £70million for before the transfer window closes.

Both Simon Mullock of the Mirror and Barcelona-based newspapers SPORT and Mundo Deportivo report City will not be moving for Messi this summer. But next summer…?

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