BARCELONA count on Lionel Messi to affix Manchester Metropolis on the finish of this season, in line with experiences.
And the gorgeous swap shall be a FREE switch with the Argentine’s Nou Camp contract set to run out subsequent summer season.
Messi was a part of the Barcelona facet that misplaced to Getafe on Saturday[/caption]
Messi, 33, was near re-uniting with Pep Guardiola throughout the newest switch window.
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Nevertheless, the deal was scuppered when Barcelona made it clear they might battle him all the way in which over his exit.
Messi believed he had a clause in his contract permitting him to go away totally free, however Barca refuted that and made it clear they might solely permit him to go if his £630million launch clause was triggered.
Not eager to take his beloved membership to court docket, and after talking with new boss Ronald Koeman, Messi determined he would stay on the membership this season.
However the Mirror report that the Catalan giants settle for he shall be on his approach to the Etihad in round eight months time.
Koeman just lately defined how he helped persuade Messi to remain for this season: “I used to be all the time hoping Messi would keep for this season.
“If he had left in the summertime, I might have had a really completely different state of affairs at Barca.
“He wished to go away however the membership was very clear to him. The purchase out clause was so excessive, that not a single membership on the planet was going to pay that in these instances.
“I went to his home and took time to hearken to all of the issues he mentioned. However I additionally defined to him that I had not been part of the issues he had with the membership and advised him how I used to be going to work to vary issues.
“We ended up speaking soccer techniques. It ended as a correct soccer chat and that satisfied me he’s an actual lover of the sport and he nonetheless wished to place every thing he has into Barcelona.”
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Messi’s transfer to Manchester Metropolis might be depending on Guardiola agreeing a brand new contract with the membership.
His present deal expires on the finish of the season and with out the Spanish boss on the helm, Messi might have reservations over becoming a member of.
The pair lifted two Champions League titles collectively throughout their partnership at Barcelona.
Along with linking up with Pep, Messi would additionally be a part of forces with Argentina worldwide team-mate Sergio Aguero.
The present Man Metropolis striker just lately joked that the duo are like an “outdated married couple”.
Messi would like to work with Guardiola and Aguero on the Etihad[/caption]