Lionel Messi: Argentine star agrees to deal worth €700m with Manchester City

Lionel Messi: Argentine star agrees to deal worth €700m with Manchester City

- Lionel Messi seems to have concluded plans to leave Spanish club Barcelona

- The Argentine has reportedly agreed to personal terms with Manchester City

- UK outlet Daily Record reported that the Argentine agreed to a deal worth €700m with the City Football Group

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Lionel Messi has possibly played his final game for Barcelona as latest reports have it that the Argentine star has agreed to personal terms with Premier League club Manchester City.

According to UK outlet Daily Record, the Argentine captain has agreed to move to the Etihad Stadium in a deal worth €700 million (£623 million) with the City Football Group - the same amount as his release clause.

The embattled Barcelona star was said to have agreed to the financial terms over the course of five years that will see him under employ of the City Football Group.

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Lionel Messi: Argentine star agrees deal worth €700m with Manchester City
Lionel Messi reportedly agrees to a deal to join Manchester City. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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It stipulates that Messi will play at Premier League club Manchester City for three years and then another two years at Major League Soccer side, New York City F,C also a franchise of the City Football Group.

It will also enable the group's Abu Dhabi ownership to employ the multiple Ballon d'Or winner as they have wanted him since buying into European football 12 years ago.

Reports also say that Messi will also be given an equity stake in the group as part of his compensation package.

If the deal is completed, it will see the superstar become the highest paid man in the history of football.

However, the €700 million (£623 million) release clause Barcelona is demanding before the player leaves is now being negotiated.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that Neymar could be returning to Camp Nou as the Brazilian has been named among top three favourite players who may likely to replace the embattled Messi at Barcelona.

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According to bookies, the Paris Saint-Germain star who once shared the same dressing room with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner could return to the club as Messi looks to leave.

The Sun reported that Liverpool’s Sadio Mané as well as Manchester United target Jadon Sancho are also possible stars who could move to the club.

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