Man City a 'solid destination' for Lionel Messi as contract offer is 'slashed'

Lionel Messi has been told that Manchester City would be a “very solid destination” by former Barcelona star Rivaldo

The Argentine faces a huge decision this summer as he weighs up his future options.

Messi tried to leave the Catalans last summer, but ended up staying put despite having major issues with the way the club was run.

His contract will expire in less than six months and City and PSG are both reportedly keen on him.

Messi’s mammoth salary means his list of potential destinations is relatively short.

But City’s dominance coupled with the fact they are led by Pep Guardiola makes them favourites.

Lionel Messi's future remains uncertain
Lionel Messi’s future remains uncertain

The 50-year-old helped Messi become the world’s best player and Rivaldo believes a reunion would be a great move for both parties. 

He told Betfair: “Pep Guardiola has one of the best squads in Europe and Manchester City are in incredible form right now after 19 consecutive wins, jumping to a 10-point lead in the league and taking a solid step forward in Europe this week.

“City are a very rich club and that allows them to sign the best players in the world. For that reason, they would be a very solid destination for Lionel Messi if he leaves Barcelona.

“Mix the great moment of form they’re going through with the fact that Guardiola has already coached Messi with huge success, and it’s clear that the English club would become even stronger with the Argentinian star on their ranks.

The Argentine has spoken highly of Pep Guardiola
The Argentine has spoken highly of Pep Guardiola

“In fact, with Messi, they would be the favourite to win any competition.

City though have slashed £170m off their original contract offer, reports The Sun.

The Premier League leaders were ready to offer a five-year deal worth £600m, but that figure has now dropped to £430m.

Club finances have been hit by the pandemic and as a result City had to reassess their earlier offer.


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