Red Devils are currently uninterested in pursuing the transfer of Lionel Messi, amid his entourage approaching them over a summer deal. Argentina international is ready to leave Camp Nou this summer after growing frustrated with the direction Barca his heading in and a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bavarians in the UCL just confirmed his concerns.
A frank meeting with new manager Ronald Koeman did little to help the situation and he is attempting to engineer a move away from the Catalan club. His representatives approached Red Devils one of the richest clubs in the world, about a mega-money agreement.
However, they are not keen on such a huge outlay. Lionel is pushing for a free transfer but his extortionate wages and agent fees would still limit the teams who could afford him to a handful.
Man City are certainly in that bracket and are confident they can reunite Messi and Pep Guardiola. Ex-Red Devils centre-back Rio Ferdinand claimed that Blues are also in the battle. Blaugrana’s new technical director Ramon Planes, however, is hopeful Messi will be staying put.
‘It was very important news, we have always said that we want to build the new Barcelona around Messi, the best player in history,’ said Planes, who replaced Eric Abidal as technical director last week.
‘We can’t have a public dispute between Barcelona and Messi because neither side deserves that. Messi has not told us that he’s not going to show up for training. We do not contemplate any contractual exit, because we want Messi to stay.’