Lionel Messi set for City move, to become highest paid star

Lionel Messi set for City move, to become highest paid star

- Lionel Messi is set to accept a wage cut to join Premier League giants Man City in the summer

- The 33-year-old's contract with Barcelona ends next summer but is allowed to speak with another club in January

- Messi scored his 643rd goal for La Blaugrana and could end his 17-year spell at the Camp Nou

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Lionel Messi has reportedly accepted to halve his £750,000-a-week wages to join Manchester City in the summer, Daily Star.

The Argentine submitted a transfer request during the summer but decided to see out the rest of his contract with Barcelona.

The 33-year-old is allowed to speak to a potential buyer in January and reports claim that the six-time Ballon d'Or winner is ready to accept a wage cut to reunite with Pep Guardiola at City.

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Lionel Messi set for City move, to become highest paid star
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According to 90min, the Etihad outfit are in pole position to secure Messi's signature with a bumper deal put in place.

Messi currently earns £750,000- per-week at the Camp Nou which can increase due to his image rights and bonuses.

On the other hand, Barcelona are presently feeling the economic crisis in paying Messi's wages caused by the global pandemic.

And it is understood that Messi's father who stands as his agent trying to force a move out for his son by lowering his wage demands.

Messi would still become Man City's highest-paid player if his wages are reduced to half and reports claim the Argentine will be offered a ten-year contract

The Argentine netted his 643rd goal in the 2-2 draw against Valencia and puts him level with the great Pele who scored the same amount of goals for Santos.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Lionel Messi scored his 643rd goal in Barcelona shirt in their 2-2 draw with Valencia on Saturday, December 19 to equal the incredible record set by legendary Pele.

Messi was able to restore parity in the added minutes of the first half through a header after his initial attempt from the spot was brilliantly saved by Juame.

Jordi Alba benefited from the keeper's save and crossed the ball back targeting his teammates which eventually found the Argentine who then headed it into the net.

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