Man City would be Lionel Messi’s top choice for a summer transfer with a move to Paris Saint-Germain not going to happen, according to reports.
It was revealed by Barcelona last night that the Argentina international will find a new club this summer after they were unable to accommodate him.
Although they had agreed fresh terms in principle, the Catalan giants were unable to formalise it with La Liga lowering their salary cap in the wake of the financial pressures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Barcelona statement read: “Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish Liga regulations).
“As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona.
“Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled.
“FC Barcelona wholeheartedly expresses its gratitude to the player for his contribution to the aggrandisement of the club and wishes him all the very best for the future in his personal and professional life.”
That comes after Messi reportedly agreed to take a 50 per cent pay cut to remain at the club despite asking to leave Barcelona just 12 months earlier.
There have already been numerous rumours flying around about Messi’s next destination with various clubs linked.
Speculation has seen Premier League side Man City and Ligue 1 outfit PSG emerge as the two favourites to sign the Argentine and Spanish publication Marca have brought us an update.
Marca claim that Messi’s options ‘will be limited’ due to his huge salary demands with a move to Major League Soccer ‘still a possibility’.
They describe Man City as ‘favourites to sign him’ and it is said that Pep Guardiola ‘had been planning to build his team around Harry Kane and Jack Grealish in attack, but Messi’s exit from the Camp Nou changes everything’.
The Citizens are believed to be Messi’s ‘first’choice’ with the Premier League club now ‘turning their attention’ to him over Kane.
A move to PSG is now ‘looking impossible’ with the French giants concentrating on Kylian Mbappe’s renewal and looking to ‘sell players’, not bring more in.