Officials at Manchester City are considering making a bid for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi in what would be a world record deal.
City officials have already met with Messi’s representatives to sound them out over the possibility of the Argentine moving to the Etihad, according to the Daily Record.
Any bid for Messi would have to break the world transfer record, set just a couple of weeks ago when Neymar left Barca for Paris St-Germain for £198 million. Messi is said to have a release clause in his contract of £275 million.
However, just a few weeks ago Barca officials had said that a new deal had been agreed with Messi that would see him earn €1 million per week. But Messi has yet to sign that deal, hence why City have sniffed an opportunity.
But Barca will be loathe to let their biggest star leave – especially after Neymar’s departure – and will no doubt redouble their efforts to get their most bankable asset to sign on the dotted line.
Meanwhile, Barcelona’s efforts to sign a replacement for Messi continue to be frustrated, with Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund still refusing to sell Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele respectively.