- Lionel Messi has been favoured to join Man City next summer if he decides to leave Barcelona
- City chief operating officer Omar Berrada made that claim that they are in the best position to sign the Argentine
- Messi officially asked to leave the Camp Nou in the summer but changed his mind
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Man City are highly favourites to sign Lionel Messi next season if the Argentine refuses to sign a new deal with the club, according to chief operating officer Omar Berrada.
The Etihad outfit were leading in the race to sign the 33-year-old after he submitted a transfer request to leave the Camp Nou this summer.
Several mouthwatering offers were made by the oil-rich Premier League club but Braca insisted that Messi's £630million release clause must be met before he could leave the club.
Messi had to make an announcement to see out the remainder of his contract that ends in the summer of 2021.
And City have placed themselves in an advantageous position to land the six-time Ballon d'Or winner next campaign.
Berrada told the Manchester Evening News of past links to Messi and the potential for a future agreement:
“He's an amazing talent , he's somebody that can make a significant impact at any club in the world on and off the pitch immediately.
“He's the best player in the world, he's the best player of his generation. I think any club in the world would like to explore the possibility of him joining their team.
“The fact that it was commented that he wanted to come to play for City just shows you how far the team has come over the last years where the best talent of his generation and potentially saying he wants to come and play for us.
“It's hard to guess what could happen. If you think back to those two weeks where everything played out at Barcelona, it's almost impossible to guess what will happen next summer.
“Messi is a generational talent, he's the best player in the world and probably an exception to potential investments that we'd do out of the ordinary but our planning has been done with this current squad and it is being considered with the current opportunities that we have."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Lionel Messi decided to stay put at Barcelona for another season and Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni believes the 33-year-old has resolved his rift with the club.
The Argentine captain unceremoniously told the club that he wanted to leave last summer after having some issues with Barca's hierarchy.
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Messi returned to the national team after serving a suspension and grabbed the only goal of their 2022 World qualifier against Ecuador from a penalty in the 12th minute.
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