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Report: Manchester City will try to sign Messi with MLS plan



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Over the course of the summer transfer window, Barcelona experienced one of the biggest scares in the history of the club. It may sound a bit over the top but that’s because it truly was. Lionel Messi was ready to jump ship and leave the club after years of servitude.

Of course, we’ve heard this story time and time again, only this time, he was dead serious. Manchester City, one of the few clubs with enough financial power to actually make the transfer happen, were extremely interested and this time around, it actually felt like they would get the deal over the line.

We’ve heard various different options that were on the table, ranging from multiple players offered in return for Leo’s service and abnormally high transfer fees that would turn almost anyone’s head. But at the end of the day, largely against his wishes, Messi was forced to stay at the Camp Nou, for better or worse.

Now, however, according to Mundo Deportivo, Manchester City are hatching a new plan to bring the Argentine star to the Etihad. Since Messi’s contract is set to expire in 2021, the Citizens aim to approach him with an idea to play both for their Premier League side and the one currently competing in the MLS or more specifically, in New York.

This piece of information is not entirely new but Dean Jones, a journalist for Eurosport who talked about the topic on his Ranks FC podcast, as Mundo Deportivo report, suggests this would be a tempting offer for Messi. That way, he would be able to continue playing in the MLS after he’s done competing at the highest level in Europe.

And that’s also where his career could ultimately come to its natural conclusion. Still, this should be taken with a grain of salt considering the information only surfaced following ESPN’s claim that Paris Saint-Germain were already in contact with Jorge Messi, Leo’s father.

As we now know, that claim has already been deemed fake by Jorge himself. But even with that being said, Messi’s contract is slowly but surely running out and if they don’t convince him with a more promising sporting project and a better upper hierarchy, there’ll be nothing Barcelona can do to stop him from leaving this time around.

Needless to say, that wouldn’t exactly be the fairytale ending to his Blaugrana career.

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