What Pep Guardiola Said In February When Reporter Asked If Lionel Messi Was A Transfer Target
Just days after the club suffered defeat against Spurs, the Manchester City manager was asked if Messi was a transfer target amid speculation that the Premier League club wanted to sign him on a free transfer this summer.
"He is a player from Barcelona and he will stay there, that's my wish for him to stay there," he said. "I'm not going to talk about players playing for other clubs. I think he will finish his career there, that's my wish."
When Guardiola was asked about Messi in February :eyes: pic.twitter.com/oTIqRWsT6e- ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 26, 2020
Months later and with Messi handing in a transfer request this week, reports have now emerged that the 33-year-old has already contacted Guardiola over a sensational move to the Etihad.
Marcelo Bachler, the Esporte Interativo journalist who first broke the Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain story three years ago, is reporting that Messi is keen on a sensational reunion with Pep in England.
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Furthermore the ever-reliable David Ornstein from The Athletic also says the 33-year-old has already phoned Guardiola to inform him of his interest.
Messi quer jogar no Manchester City. Trata a saída do Barcelona como algo que dói na alma, mas o fim de um ciclo pic.twitter.com/FVMPDvB7Go- Marcelo Bechler (@marcelobechler) August 26, 2020
:black_small_square: Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave- The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) August 25, 2020
:black_small_square: Messi's people have spoken to Pep about joining #MCFC
:black_small_square: #MCFC distancing themselves from the move
:black_small_square: What are terms of his contract & could he leave for free?
:black_small_square: Could this be a ploy to get rid of #FCB president Bartomeu?
Whether Manchester City will go on and make a move for Messi is yet to be seen but it won't be easy.
Messi's release clause standing at £631 million, though he has requested that Barca refer to the clause in his contract that allows him to leave for a free at the end of each season.
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