The future of Lionel Messi has been the subject of great debate, but a reunion with Pep Guardiola is still very much in the plans of Manchester City.
Since the end of last season, Messi has been disgruntled with his situation at Barcelona, despite the insistence of head coach Ronald Koeman that his superstar captain is satisfied.
Four-time Champions League winner Messi struggled to try to force an exit in August, but when his deal expires in June 2021, there will be no legal clauses to deter him.
According to the Telegraph, the City Football Group (CFG) is eyeing a 2021 swoop that will see Lionel Messi divide time between their powerhouse Manchester City in the Premier League and New York City in the MLS franchise.
Superstar Barcelona captain Messi will be given a five-year contract, which includes three years in England, bringing the six-time winner of the Ballon d’Or to the age of 37, followed by a further two in the United States.
Messi admitted his desire to play one day in the United States in an interview with the Spanish TV channel La Sexta, a sign that City’s proposal might be on his mind.