Man City ‘willing to offer £90m plus three players’ to sign Lionel Messi

Manchester City are reportedly willing offer three players and £90m to Barcelona for Lionel Messi, after the player made it known that he wants to leave.

Messi believes he can leave for free due to a clause in his contract but Barcelona are adamant that it expired before June 1, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic meaning the season did not end until August when they were eliminated from the Champions League.

The situation may need to be settled in court and, if Messi cannot leave for free then Spanish outlet Sport are reporting that City could offer Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva, Eric Garcia and £90m for the Argentinian superstar.

City have been installed as the early frontrunners to sign Messi and Jesus has previously been tipped as a potential makeweight, while Garcia looks set to return to Barcelona having informed Guardiola that he does not intend to sign a new contract with his current deal due to expire next summer.

Guardiola has previously addressed the idea of signing Messi, urging him to stay at the Nou Camp.

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Speaking ahead of the resumption of last season's Champions League, Guardiola told reporters: "I am not going to speak until the end of the season about transfers. But my wish is Messi is going to stay at Barcelona."

However, with Messi seemingly set to depart Barcelona, Guardiola may well reconsider that stance and look to be reunited with the 33-year-old in Manchester.

"The best thing about him is not what he does but how simple he makes everything look," Guardiola once told Spanish publication L’Esportiu of Messi.

"He is not just the best player because he can dribble past three or four players, it is because he does it better than anyone in the world. He is the best player in the world."

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