The idea of signing Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, who could become a free agent in the summer, has not been abandoned by Manchester City.
The English club is planning to start talks with Argentina in March or April, according to ESPN. To encourage Messi to join the club, Manchester City has agreed to use less offensive tactics than PSG.
It is suspected that many City individuals are in regular touch with the entourage of the forward. The club worked in the same way last year, preventing leaks to the media. It was only after Barca’s 2-8 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League that information about City’s interest in Messi emerged.
The city offered him a contract when it became clear that Messi wanted to leave the Catalan club. The player immediately afterward sent a bureaufax to Barcelona management demanding that they release him for free.
The management of the city was persuaded that the club would be able to fulfill the requirements of the FFP, thus paying Messi a salary similar to what he gets in Barcelona.
At the time, President Josep Bartomeu of Blaugrana refused to let the Argentines go. As Messi’s current contract is set to expire, the situation is different now.
Now the player is only thinking of Barca, according to a source, and wants the team to finish this season well.