Lionel Messi’s transfer stance at Manchester City following his departure from Barcelona.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has left, and Manchester City’s attitude on signing him has been revealed.
According to rumours, Manchester City will not sign Lionel Messi following the superstar’s spectacular departure from Barcelona. Messi has departed Barcelona after the club stated that he was unable to sign a new deal due to “financial and structural hurdles.”
At the end of June, Messi officially became a free agent.
The 34-year-old was expected to extend his time at the Nou Camp by signing a new contract.
Last month, it was reported that Messi had signed to a five-year contract worth half of his previous salary.
However, Barca failed to match La Liga’s financial demands, and the player’s exit has been formally revealed.
City have been linked with a bid for Messi for some time, particularly since Pep Guardiola took over as manager.
However, according to The Times, City will not be competing for the forward.
City are closing close on a £100 million deal to recruit Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.
Grealish had his physical on Thursday in preparation for his move to the Etihad Stadium.
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Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur and England is also a target for City.
Kane is expected to cost in the region of £100 million, yet Spurs have stated that the 28-year-old is not for sale.
According to The Athletic, City sought to sign Messi twice before the deal fell through.
City wanted Messi a year ago, so they walked away from a contract to sign Kane.
However, they will now concentrate on acquiring Kane, with The Athletic reporting that Messi has passed up the opportunity to join the Premier League champions.
On Thursday evening, Barcelona issued a statement confirming Messi’s departure.
“Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having achieved an agreement and both parties’ clear determination to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen due to financial and structural obstacles,” the statement stated (Spanish Liga regulations).
“Messi will not be staying at FC Barcelona as a result of this issue. Both sides lament that the player’s and the club’s wishes will not be realized in the end.
“FC Barcelona extends its heartfelt gratitude to the player.”Brinkwire Summary News”.