English club Manchester City has started the process of signing Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi.
On Tuesday, Messi said he wanted to leave Barcelona and English club City were in the forefront of signing him.
City has offered Messi a three-year deal, ESPN reported, citing sources.
An offer has also been made for Messi to move to New York City after the American Major Soccer League team. New York City is a club owned by Manchester City’s City Football Group. There are dozens of clubs around the world under the group of Qatari investors.
Messi, 33, wants to win the Champions League for the first time in City history. Messi will then be able to move to New York City. City have made another offer to keep Messi as the ambassador of City football group even after his playing career.
European media claimed that Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola had a discussion with Messi last year. A few days later, Messi announced that he wanted to leave Barcelona.
The biggest concern for Barcelona now is after Messi announced his departure from the club. Because Barcelona wants to collect as much contract money from Messi as possible. But Messi wants to remove the Rizal club above him.
Messi has written a letter to Barcelona reminding him of the possibility of leaving the club at the end of the season.
Messi says the 2017 deal adds the possibility of leaving the club at the end of the season. Messi’s lawyer has been arguing that even if the agreement is signed until 2021, Messi can leave the club at any time.
But Barcelona have claimed that the end of the season is only in the middle. On the same basis, Barcelona has set a release clause of 700 million euros for Messi. Some have suggested that this is Barcelona’s strategy to stop Messi.
Messi’s lawyer has claimed that the end of the season will be in August, not June, due to the corona virus.