Yesterday, a new story surfaced of Lionel Messi potentially joining Manchester City on a free transfer next summer, even perhaps in this transfer window.
There have been rumours for a while now, mostly nonsense, but the appearance of a story in the mainstream media offered something possibly a little more credible. However, no sooner had it been reported that a number of sources in England and Spain moved to shoot it down, saying City had no plans to move for Messi.
Following Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Real Betis last night, club director Robert Fernández spoke to the microphones of beIN SPORTS LaLiga and was quizzed about Messi’s future.
“The agreement between Messi and Barcelona is total; we are looking for the right moment to sign it,” Robert responded, confident that the Catalan club have everything in order and it is simply a matter of sitting down and putting pen to paper.
While it is possible that Fernández was being less than honest – this is the man who said no club would pay €222million for Neymar – most indications from the press are that there is little to the Messi to City stories. Pep Guardiola would undoubtedly love his former charge at the Etihad, but with less than two weeks remaining in the transfer window, any deal is unlikely.
Should Messi not renew his contract, then there may be some cause for optimism, with Manchester City forever the favourites to sign the iconic Argentine if he ever wants an adventure away from Barça. But for now, it appears to be little more than the yearly speculation we’ve become so accustomed to.
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