The Sun ran one of its questionable ‘exclusives’ in yesterday’s edition, claiming Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain recently had dinner with Jorge Messi, father of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
The topic of this discussion was, of course, said to be the potential of Messi making his much rumoured switch to the Etihad. It would almost certainly be a deal for next summer, with the 30-year-old having just one year remaining on his contract, raising the enticing possibility of him moving on a free transfer.
Manchester City would be his natural choice, with friends such as Txiki and Ferran Soriano in upper management, and of course Pep Guardiola in charge of the team. The club could also meet his financial requests, with the forward reportedly in line to earn at least £1million-a-week if he signs his new Barça contract.
However, reliable Spanish radio channel Cadena COPE last night poured cold water over this exclusive from The Sun, claiming it had no truth to it.
“El Partidazo de COPE can ensure that no meeting took place. Jorge Messi is in Argentina and and there have been no conversations.”
— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) August 23, 2017
Every summer Lionel Messi to Manchester City is a thing, and often there has been something to it. A recent documentary by TV3 (the primary channel of Televisió de Catalunya) revealed that the iconic Argentina did come very close to joining Manchester City last year during his tax scandal.
And with the current chaos at Barcelona and Messi stalling on his contract, it isn’t completely out of the question – at least until he puts pen to paper – that he could join Pep in Manchester next summer. But for now, the rumours seem to be more out of a need to sell newspapers than anything based on reality. Some have even started on social media before hitting the mainstream press.
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