- Several top clubs are desperate in signing the Argentine, but Manchester City are front-runners
- Citizens' sporting director Begiristain says the Etihad outfit are prepared to hand Messi a two-year-contract
Lionel Messi will be handed a two-year-contract according to Manchester City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain who is already in Barcelona trying to strike a deal with Spanish authorities.
According to him, the Citizens are prepared to offer the embattled Argentine star a two-year contract if they have the opportunity to sign him.
Spanish outlet Cadena Ser are reporting that Pep Guardiola’s side are desperate in signing the multiple Ballon d’Or winner in their quest to winning the elusive UEFA Champions League.
They are reporting that Txiki Begristain is already in Spain and doing everything possible to seal a deal for the star player.
And with Messi also desperate to leave Spanish outfit Barcelona, latest reports have it that Premier League club Manchester City are prepared to pay the Argentine a whopping £450 million as part of a plan that involves New York City FC.
The Citizens who have been linked with the 33-year-old are reportedly ready to pay him the huge amount as part of a five-year plan that would eventually see him join New York City FC.
Messi has reportedly instructed his agent to schedule a meeting with Barcelona as he hopes to resolve his future with them.
Though Manchester City and Inter Milan might be favourites to sign the Argentine star, Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are also in the race for his signature.
However the La Liga has stated that Messi cannot leave the Camp Nou for free unless his £632 million release clause has been activated.
And City being the front-runners for the 33-year-old, things have now become more complicated for the former Premier League champions.
Legit.ng earlier reported that want-away Barcelona captain Messi does not consider himself part of Ronald Koeman's plans hence, he chose to boycott on Monday, August 31.
According to Sport Bible, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner failed to show up for the club's routine medical testing at their training complex on Sunday, August 30.
Reports claim that the attacker could be fined €1 million if he fails to appear in training as reported by Spanish publication SPORT.
He could also forfeit his pay between two to ten days as part of the suspension that could be handed to him. He could even be fined seven percent of his monthly salary.
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