Lionel Messi: Manchester City could reach agreement with Argentine in January

Lionel Messi: Manchester City could reach agreement with Argentine in January

- Lionel Messi's future at Barcelona remains unclear

- The 33-year-old has about eight months left on his current deal with the Spanish club

- Man City could, however, lure him away from Camp Nou early next year

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Manchester City might likely relaunch a mega-money bid for want-away Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi when the January transfer window opens.

The Premier League outfit tried luring the five-time ballon d'Or winner away from the Nou Camp in the summer but they could not trigger his £625 million release clause.

However, with the Argentine's current contract with the Catalans next year, the Citizens are likely to sign him for free.

Reports claim they could reach an agreement with the 33-year-old in the winter before finally switching sides at the end of the ongoing season.

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The forward was said to have conceded defeat following his efforts to force a move out of the club and reunite with former manager Pep Guardiola failed as reported by Daily Mail.

Apart from Man City, Messi will be allowed to any other club he might be interested in joining after the expiration of his reign at Barca. Inter Milan also made attempts to sign him last summer.

Reports claim that negotiations over the forward's future at the Nou Camp will not hold until later in the 2020-21 season, and this could give City an advantage over the La Liga club.

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Before agreeing to see out the remainder of his contract at his present club, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner was said to have told the media:

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Lionel Messi: Manchester City could reach agreement with Argentine in January
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona against Juventus in the Champions League. Photo by Andrea Staccioli/LightRocket.
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"I am going to continue at this club because the president has told me the only way I can leave is if I pay the €700million (£625m) and that is impossible.
"The only other way was to go to court and I would never take Barcelona to court because I love the club.
"The president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I wanted to go or if I wanted to stay and in the end he did not keep his word."

Messi had numerous issues with the club's board but openly criticised Josep Bartomeu, who has now stepped down as the president of the outfit.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi had a manic three weeks at Barcelona during the summer as the Argentine was allegedly told by the then manager, Quique Setien, he could use the door.

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Messi and the manager were in a deep brawl during the period in the wake of the 8-2 loss in the hands of Bayern Munich as they exit the Champions League last season.

Barcelona captain and teammates were in a row with the manager over his tactics which allowed rivals Real Madrid move ahead to win the La Liga following the Catalan's 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo in June.

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