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REPORTS: Lionel Messi’s Father “In Manchester Negotiating With City”, After Superstar Drops Transfer Request At Barcelona

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Frankie Omokhua

Latest reports say Lionel Messi‘s father, Jorge, is already discussing terms with Manchester City.

It was revealed on Tuesday that the Barcelona captain wants to leave the LaLiga club this summer, after a disappointing season in Spain which resulted in no trophies. 

Several top European clubs have been placed on high-alert, including Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

And according to RAC1 and TyC Sports, Jorge Messi has already touched down in Manchester to discuss terms with the Premier League side. 

The reports added that the player’s father is discussing a two-year deal with City, though there are still question marks over whether the Premier League side will have to stump up a transfer fee for the Argentinean superstar. 

Messi believes that he can activate a clause in his contract which makes him a free agent at the end of a Barcelona season. 

However, Barcelona insists that the clause expired in June, which would mean either Messi or City would have to pay the player’s £630million release clause at the club.

There is confusion over the clause as the 2019-20 end of season date, which would normally be in June, was pushed back until August due to the coronavirus hiatus in the middle of the campaign. 

If City do not have to pay the hefty release clause, then the Premier League side will still have to cover Messi’s extortionate salary, which could rise to £94million-a-year. 

Messi’s fixed salary totals £64m (€71m) but bonuses for signing, for staying, and for winning trophies takes the figure well above that.

Just by playing 60 per cent of games until the 2021 date when his contract ends will sees Messi earn on average £95m (€106m) a season but the potential – if he were to win the treble and win FIFA’s player of the year award – exists to push the final figure over the £110m (€122m) mark.

A move to Manchester City would see Messi reunite with ex-Barcelona coach, Guardiola, in England. 

The pair won three LaLiga titles, two Champions League trophies, two Copa del Reys and two Club World Cups with the Catalan club.

Should Messi leave the Camp Nou this summer, his overall Barcelona record will stand at 634 goals in 763 matches. 

The 33-year-old has won ten Spanish top-flight trophies, four Champions Leagues and six FIFA Ballon D’Or awards.   

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