Lionel Messi Has Reportedly Agreed Personal Terms With Manchester City
After nearly two decades at the Camp Nou, the 33-year-old told officials on Tuesday night that he no longer sees his future with the Catalan giants.
Reports soon emerged that Messi was 'set on playing for Manchester City' as rumours continued to swirl surrounding his future, but now it appears the Premier League side have made their move.
According to Spanish journalist Veronica Brunati, Pep Guardiola's side 'have an agreement on the numbers of the transfer' in place.
Lionel Messi and Manchester City have an agreement on the numbers of the transfer. [@verobrunati]
- barcacentre (@barcacentre) August 27, 2020
The deal between City and Messi is, of course, an important step but a deal between both clubs has not been reached yet - and it certainly won't be straightforward.
Messi's release clause stands at an eye-watering £631 million, though he has requested that Barcelona refer to the clause in his contract that allows him to leave for a free at the end of each season.
The Spanish club have pointed out that the clause expired on June 10, but his representatives argue that it ought to have been extended to August due to the season being lengthened as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Meanwhile Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu would step aside if Messi publicly agreed to commit his future to Barcelona, report Catalan television channel TV3.
Leo Messi wants to activate the clause to leave Barcelona immediatly, as FCB also confirmed. Barcelona position is still so clear: Messi has a 700 million euros release clause, the "free clause" has expired in June. Board reunited to take decisions on next days. :red_circle: #FCB #Messi
- Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 25, 2020
It's all very complicated but City appear the best-placed club to sign the Argentine, if a move eventually materialises.
Esporte Interativo journalist Marcelo Bachler, who first broke the Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain story, is reporting that Messi is keen on a reunion with Pep Guardiola, while The Athletic's David Ornstein claims the 33-year-old has already phoned Guardiola to inform him of his interest.
:newspaper: BREAKING: Messi has agreed to City's terms. #ManCity representatives will travel to Barcelona to close the deal.
[@cuatro via @BarcaUniversal] pic.twitter.com/4vzBCCJaxg
- Bluemoon Hub (@bluemoonhub) August 27, 2020
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