thesun.co.uk : 16 MAY, 2021, 6:36 PM
MANCHESTER CITY have been told they can have Lionel Messi if they pay him £500,000-a-week AFTER TAX.
The superstar’s contract with Barcelona runs out at the end of the season and his father Jorge has started the process of deciding where his future lies.
SunSport understands the 33-year-old is open to the idea of a 12-month contract, with an option for a further year, if a club will stump up £25million-a-year.
That would make him the best-paid player in Premier League history and the lack of a transfer fee plus the enormous commercial cut gained by signing Messi could make financial sense.
Until now City boss Pep Guardiola has preferred to wait in the wings, watching to see how the Argentine’s future pans out.
But now they have the chance to make their move with the La Liga club so far only proposing terms which would see his £1m-a-week wages drop by two-thirds.
Messi accepts he will not match his current terms, but the cut Barca are proposing is a huge one and has meant his camp are looking to see what is on offer elsewhere.
They want to see if any of the major spenders in world football will come up with a better package.
The Blues have shown little interest and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side also look to be passing up on the opportunity in favour of building a squad full of younger players.
Staying at Barcelona still looks the most likely.
But with president Joan Laporta going all out to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, 20, it may be the club are not able to put together a package at the levels Messi is looking for.
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