Man City chief hints at Messi transfer next summer when Barcelona deal expires
Manchester City's chief operating officer says bringing Lionel Messi to the Etihad next summer is "being considered".
Messi told the Catalan giants he wanted out of the Nou Camp at the end of last season – with City understood to have been his favoured destination.
But the Blaugrana dug their heels in and insisted the Argentine's release clause must be paid for him to depart the club.
Messi eventually agreed to see out the remaining year of his contract, but went public with his dismay over essentially being kept at the club against his wishes.
And Omar Berrada has hinted the Blues could launch a move for Messi when he becomes a free agent at the end of the current campaign.
He told the Manchester Evening News: "He's an amazing talent , he's somebody that can make a significant impact at any club in the world on and off the pitch immediately.
"He's the best player in the world, he's the best player of his generation. I think any club in the world would like to explore the possibility of him joining their team.
"The fact that it was commented that he wanted to come to play for City just shows you how far the team has come over the last years where the best talent of his generation and potentially saying he wants to come and play for us.
"It's hard to guess what could happen. If you think back to those two weeks where everything played out at Barcelona, it's almost impossible to guess what will happen next summer.
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"Messi is a generational talent, he's the best player in the world and probably an exception to potential investments that we'd do out of the ordinary but our planning has been done with this current squad and it is being considered with the current opportunities that we have.
"For every single position we have to be prepared because there can be so many things that can happen but at the same time I think we have the financial strength and system ability to make that investment [in a striker] when required.
"That's what puts us in a position where we feel comfortable that we'll be able to take the right decision because it also doesn't mean that we'll have to rush into anything – first because Sergio [Aguero] and Gabriel [Jesus] are performing very well, they are two of the best strikers in the world right now, and when we do decide to bring in potentially someone else, whether it is next season or the one after that then we will be in a financial position to do it for the right price."
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