Manchester City stay the favourites to seal a blockbuster switch for Lionel Messi subsequent summer time, studies declare.
The 33-year-old, who has scored a outstanding 644 objectives in 749 matches for the Catalans, sensationally expressed his want to depart Camp Nou throughout the summer time.
Barca chiefs insisted any suitor must pay his £630m launch clause, a transfer which has seen Messi reluctantly determine to see his out the ultimate yr of his contract.
Nonetheless, hypothesis on his future has as soon as once more mounted after Messi revealed his ‘dream’ to in the future play in America’s Main League Soccer final week.
“I wish to play within the United States and expertise life and the league there, however finally come again to Barcelona in some capability,” he mentioned in a prolonged interview broadcast by Spanish TV channel La Sexta.
“I’m not considering too far forward within the quick time period and simply need to see how the season finishes.”
Based on The Telegraph, Messi’s feedback have given a powerful indication that City Soccer Group might supply a deal encompassing three years on the Etihad adopted by a pair extra in MLS with their New York franchise.
City, due to this fact, stay the most definitely vacation spot for the Argentine, who has spent his complete profession at Barcelona and bookies have slashed the chances of this occurring.
Nonetheless, Messi insisted no choice shall be made till the tip of the season.
“Nothing shall be crystal clear earlier than the tip of the yr. I’ll wait till the season is over,” he mentioned.
“What issues now is considering the group, ending the yr properly and never being distracted by different issues.
“I don’t know what’s going to occur. I’m targeted on what we now have right here and battling for no matter we will.”
Former Manchester United star David Beckham has not dominated out making a sensational transfer to carry Messi to his Inter Miami franchise.
Showing on The Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon, the ex-England captain mentioned: “Effectively you recognize what, we’ve received nice alternatives down in Miami.
“‘We’ve been contacted by a whole lot of completely different gamers over probably coming to hitch the group.”