The media outlet Daily Mail reported earlier this week that Manchester City is trying to reunite Lionel Messi with his former boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad. Manchester City breaks bank to sign Lionel Messi as they prepare a bid of $247 million.
Earlier this month, Marca reported that Lionel Messi rejected a contract renewal with Barcelona. His current contract expires in 2018 and Barcelona is keen to get his signature on another one. Due to the recent issues with Spanish taxation authorities, agents and advisors of the Argentine recommended him not to commit a future right now. Since the news, a number of rich and heavyweight clubs are looking to sign the 5 times Ballon d’Or winner.
It is not clear until now that Lionel Messi will leave Catalunya. But if such a move happens, Manchester City is the club that is in a pole position to sign him. The presence of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City is the key reason why Messi will prefer to join City.
Manchester City is one of the richest clubs in the world. And they could surely afford to pay such a big amount. $247 million will be spent in 2 parts. $123 million will be paid to Barcelona as the release clause of the player. And Lionel Messi himself will receive $600,000 wage per week. Such a tempting offer and tax problems in Spain might motivate the world’s best player to switch his team.
Manchester City might not hesitate to increase the bid if either club or the player refuses. His shirt sales could easily earn that much amount of money. Moreover, to reunite Messi and Guardiola’s duo is worth all of this money. The destruction those 2 together could cause will earn Manchester City more than this even in a single season.