Lionel Messi to Man City transfer a ‘huge possibility’ after Barcelona star’s exit request

Lionel Messi joining Manchester City from Barcelona this summer is a “huge possibility”, according to Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero. Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club in this window. His legal representatives sent a burofax to Barca to confirm his intentions and request he can leave the club on a free transfer due to a clause in his contract.

Messi has a clause which allows him to leave for nothing at the end of each season in June.

But Barca have only just finished their campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Argentina superstar believes the clause should still be active.

City have been linked with Messi in the past due to the extreme spending power of their Abu Dhabi owners.

And Montero reckons it is the best move for Messi to link up with former boss Pep Guardiola.

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“In my point of view it’s the best option,” Montero told Sky Sports News.

“As we have said before, Manchester City because of the money, because of the Premier League situation, because Pep Guardiola and because everything altogether is a good situation for Leo Messi.

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“There’s a difference in financial situation between the Premier League and Italy, France or Spain and even Germany, and of course the Premier League is maybe the best league in the world.

“So Leo Messi, Pep Guardiola, Manchester City, Premier League – I think it’s good altogether.

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“If I have to bet for one club, obviously I would say Manchester City. It’s not new but it’s my opinion after what we’ve seen, the Premier League has a lot of money and Pep Guardiola has been there for a lot of years.

“We know the union of Guardiola and Leo Messi in FC Barcelona was amazing, maybe the best team in the world ever.

“So I would say there’s a huge possibility [Messi will join] Manchester City and I would say they are the first ones in this race.”

Meanwhile, Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol claims City are one of just two clubs in England who can afford Messi.

“I can see him playing for Manchester City,” Solhekol said.

“Looking at those numbers, who else could afford to pay him? Roman Abramovich could but Roman Abramovich is busy backing Frank Lampard to make other signings, they have other targets.

“Who are the other clubs in the Premier League who could afford to sign him?

“You’re talking about Liverpool, no, Manchester United, no, they don’t have the money to sign Jadon Sancho at the moment, how are they going to be able to afford Lionel Messi?”

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