If Lionel Messi leaves Barcelona, Manchester City feel they are in the best position to sign him, according to a new report in the Manchester Evening News. After Messi’s latest outburst and all the drama surrounding it, teams are once again on alert to the possibility that Messi could leave Barcelona.
Manchester City in Pole Position if Lionel Messi Leaves
It’s a Big If
Barcelona are in a crisis. The team is struggling, they’ve changed coaches and the board of directors are causing huge problems. Once Messi complained about the club’s situation on Instagram, you could almost hear the Manchester City rumours writing themselves.
Manchester City will always feel they have a chance to sign Messi. They have the money and plenty of people who he enjoys working with.
The reality is that Messi is probably never going to play in England. The Argentine has said in the past that he would only leave Barcelona to return to Argentina but even his dream of returning to play for Newel’s Old Boys, the club he started playing at as a child, seems unlikely.
Lastly, Messi has a contract clause that allows him to renew his deal on a year-to-year basis. So, this likely isn’t the last we have heard of these rumours. But, every rumour about Messi’s future must be read carefully. Messi’s representatives are smart and they will be using this clause to put pressure on a board that has done a terrible job of keeping the team around him at it’s best in the years he has been there.