- Lionel Messi's quest to reunite with Pep Guardiola may have been abandoned
- The 33-year-old has been linked with Manchester City all summer long
- City will now dump their interest in the Argentine due to the cash crunch caused by COVID-19
Manchester City may have abandoned their interest in bringing Lionel Messi when his contract with Barcelona expires in the summer.
The Citizens tried luring the six-time Ballon d'Or winner away from Camp Nou in August but his heavy release clause incapacitated them from completing the deal.
Despite handing the Catalans his transfer request back then, the 33-year-old resolved to see out his contract this season.
Though he has succeeded in extinguishing one of his nemesis at the club after Josep Bartomeu stepped down from his position at the club, he is still not sure where his future lies.
And Spanish football expert Semra Hunter believes City have dropped their bid for the Argentine who is likely to finish his career at the La Liga club.
Sky Sports further reports that the Etihad Stadium outfit is no longer looking to sign the 33-year-old due to his advanced age and €100m-a-year wages.
"I have it on good authority from someone close to the situation that Manchester City are not going to bid for Lionel Messi.
"Based on the information I have, as of today, that door is closed. They have their reasons for this. They have two reasons for this: age and finances.
"Talking about age, he is heading into the twilight years of his career and you'll be bringing on board a Messi that is different to what we've seen for the last 17 years with Barcelona. Even he himself has said that he is getting closer to the dreaded r-word of retirement more so than anyone cares to admit.
"That goes hand-in-hand with finances because even though he would be able to join for free, his wages are astronomically high - he is earning about 100m euros-a-year. That would be a huge financial burden for any club to take on, especially given the fact that we are in the middle of a global pandemic.
"Economically, everyone has taken a hit and clubs are not immune from this either. We've seen in the transfer window over the past summer that clubs are changing their strategies.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Pep Guardiola has agreed to a new two-year deal to continue as the manager of Premier League giants Manchester City, therefore, ending speculation on his future.
The former Barcelona gaffer was having only seven months remaining on his contract at the Etihad Stadium before he decided to sign a new deal according to the confirmation by the Premier League club.
Pep Guardiola has been in charge of the Citizens since 2016 and has won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, three League Cups and two Community Shield crowns so far.
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