Harry Kane’s dream transfer could be spurned by Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola reunion

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In another huge twist in the transfer window, Barcelona have announced that Lionel Messi will leave the club. Manchester City were desperate to sign the striker last summer and could reignite their bid, leaving Harry Kane on the sidelines.

Kane could see his dream transfer to City spurned by the news that Messi will leave Barcelona this summer.

In a bombshell announcement on Thursday evening, the Catalan giants revealed their club captain and talisman will not play for them next season.

It comes after months of contract trouble where Barca have tried to stump up funds to pay for the six-time Ballon d’Or.

Messi had agreed a 50 per cent pay cut but it was not enough with the Nou Camp outfit’s debts piling up in the 100s of millions of euros.

Barcelona have been prevented from registering new signings as a result, with the futures of Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay already in doubt.

And the news that Messi will be leaving will strike the club hard – potentially harder than any financial impediment.

But it could be good news for City, who tried to sign the striker last summer when he told Barcelona he wanted to leave.

A dream Pep Guardiola reunion was on the cards at the Etihad – so much so that the club willingly called time on their efforts to sign Kane from Tottenham.

The England international was on their shortlist but, in the end, no move materialised for either with Barca refusing to let their main man go.

Now that decision is out of their hands, City can move for Messi without the Spanish club interfering – but that could leave Kane empty-handed.

The 28-year-old must be rueing his luck after already playing his hand by failing to return to training at Tottenham.

It was a power play by the striker in a bid to convince Spurs to offload him with City ready to making a move worth £130m.

But if they concentrate their efforts on Messi, even the Etihad outfit will not have the funds to sign both – while Messi could be preferred to Kane.

That would force the north Londoner into an embarrassing return to Tottenham training.

However, his legacy with Spurs’ fans will always be tarnished and he will have some making up to do.

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