The reunion of Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola could derail Harry Kane’s dream transfer.
Barcelona will be without Lionel Messi next season.
Barcelona has confirmed that Lionel Messi will depart the club in yet another major transfer window twist. Manchester City were anxious to recruit the striker last summer and could relaunch their pursuit, potentially putting Harry Kane on the bench.
The revelation that Messi will leave Barcelona this summer might derail Kane’s dream deal to City.
The Catalan giants declared their club captain and talisman will not play for them next season in a shocking revelation on Thursday evening.
It comes after months of contract negotiations, in which Barca attempted to raise finances to pay for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Messi agreed to a 50% pay reduction, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Nou Camp club afloat as its debts piled up in the hundreds of millions of euros.
As a result, Barcelona has been unable to acquire fresh players, putting Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, and Memphis Depay’s careers in jeopardy.
And the news that Messi is leaving will hit the club hard – perhaps even worse than any financial constraint.
However, that might be excellent news for City, who attempted to recruit the striker last summer after he informed Barcelona of his desire to depart.
At the Etihad, a dream Pep Guardiola reunion was on the cards, so much so that the club readily put an end to their pursuit of Kane from Tottenham.
The England international was on their want list, but neither party was able to make a deal since Barcelona would not allow their star player leave.
Now that the decision has been made, City may pursue Messi without the Spanish club meddling – but Kane may be left empty-handed.
After already played his hand by failing to return to training at Tottenham, the 28-year-old must be cursing his fate.
It was a power play by the striker in an attempt to persuade Spurs to sell him, with City poised to make a £130 million deal.
However, if they focus their efforts on Messi, even the Etihad outfit would not be able to sign both players, and Messi may be favored over Kane.
That would compel the north Londoner to return to Tottenham training, which would be humiliating.
His legacy with Spurs fans, on the other hand, will always be damaged, and he will have to make amends.