Manchester City may reportedly supply Lionel Messi a pre-contract in January given the ahead just isn’t planning to carry talks with Barcelona concerning his future till later within the season.
The Telegraph declare City are contemplating reigniting their curiosity in Messi, who can be obtainable on a free switch subsequent summer time when his contract expires.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is free to barter with suitors within the New 12 months, which provides City the prospect to tie up a profitable deal which might start in July 2021.
A trophy-less marketing campaign resulted in Messi trying to drive a transfer away from the LaLiga giants, solely to make a sensational U-turn when it grew to become obvious he would change into engulfed right into a authorized battle with Barca.
The membership’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the Barcelona board resigned final week, sending the Catalan giants into freefall.
Bartomeu’s relationship with Messi was understood to be fractured in direction of the tip of his tenure.
Messi turns 34 subsequent June, however ex-Barca head coach Quique Setien claims the Argentina celebrity – who he discovered troublesome to work with – stays the most effective participant to ever grace the sport.
“I feel Messi is the most effective of all time,” Setien informed El Pais. “There have been different nice gamers who’ve been nice, however the continuity that this boy has had all through the years has not been had by anybody.
“Leo is troublesome to handle. Who am I to vary him if they’ve accepted him as he’s for years and haven’t modified him.
“There’s one other aspect past simply the participant and it’s tougher to handle. Rather more troublesome.
“It’s one thing inherent in lots of athletes that may be seen within the Michael Jordan documentary [The Last Dance]. You see belongings you don’t count on.
“He’s very reserved however he makes you see the issues that he needs. He doesn’t speak a lot.”