- Lionel Messi could be leaving Barcelona when his contract expires
- The six-time Ballon d'Or winner may be moving to the Etihad stadium
- Graham Hunter claims that City may sign Messi if Guardiola leaves the Etihad
Outgoing Premier League champions Manchester City have been linked with a move to sign Barcelona captain Lionel Messi next year with only if Guardiola leaves as the big condition.
There have been speculation surrounding the future of the Argentina international at Barcelona with reports saying Lionel Messi wants to leave when his contract expires in 2021.
The six-time Ballon d'Or winner is reported to be unhappy with the ways things are being run at the Nou Camp recently and feels facing the exit door would be the panacea.
While speaking with talkSPORT, Spain based reporter Graham Hunter explained that Manchester City could be the next destination for Lionel Messi when he leaves Barcelona.
“The number one club who has tried to take Lionel Messi away from Barcelona is Manchester City under their current ownership.
“If the ownership has the idea of taking a 34-year-old Leo Messi, still in prime condition, one year after his final Ballon d’Or if he doesn’t win it again this season.
“I think Guardiola has doubts about how well Messi will work in the system because of the level of pressure and work off the ball.
“He’s allowed to do what he wants at Barcelona but if Guardiola moved on and Messi was free in a years time, Man City’s ownership would go hell for leather to sign him,'' Hunter explained.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could finally form a formidable Juventus’ attack as football agents are dreaming a sensational team-up for the fierce rivals with reports that the Argentine is set to leave the Spanish giants.
Messi’s contract at the Catalan club will expire next year and he is yet to put pen on paper for a further extension, raising concerns about his future.
According to former Brazilian star Rivaldo, football agents are teaming up for a possibility of getting Messi to switch to Juventus when his contract lapses.
The former Barca star told Betfair: "With all this speculation, I believe that some agents are already dreaming about a Messi-Ronaldo double at Juventus and how big it will be around the globe.
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