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Lionel Messi to join Manchester City

Lionel Messi to join Manchester City

Lionel Messi has decided to join Manchester City after informing Barcelona on Tuesday that he wants to leave.

In a shocking revelation by Spanish journalist Marcelo Bechler who first broke the news that Neymar Jr will join PSG in 2017, twitter this morning that the Argentine forward will link up again with former boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium.

Barcelona confirmed on Tuesday that Messi has notified them of his desire to leave via burofax, a service used in Spain to urgently dispatch a document that requires proof to third parties.

The club has reportedly responded to Messi via the same service saying they want him to stay and finish his career at the club.

Messi’s contract runs till 2021, meaning the Argentine captain still have a year to stay in Spain.

The 33-year-old has grown disappointed with events on and off the pitch at Camp Nou in recent months, with Barcelona sacking head coach Quique Setien and Sporting Director Eric Abidal following an embarrassing 8-2 defeat in the Champions League by eventual winners Bayern Munich.

Lionel Messi has a release clause of €700 million in his contract but reports in Argentina claim he can trigger another clause in the contract which will allow him to leave for free.

The sixth time Ballon D’Or winner has spent his entire career till date at Barcelona making his debut in 2005, winning 35 trophies for the Catalan giants.

Manchester City boss Guardiola won multiple trophies during his time at Barcelona and wants to reunite with Messi at the Etihad Stadium in a bid to reclaim the Premier League trophy and finally win City their first Uefa Champions League.

Aside from Man City, it’s only a few clubs including PSG, Juventus, AC Milan, Manchester United, Chelsea and Inter Milan who can afford Messi’s high wages.

The Blaugrana last won the Champions League in 2015, but since then have suffered a string of embarrassing exits. They gave up three-goal first-leg leads against AS Roma and Liverpool in 2018 and 2019, respectively, and were then thumped by Bayern in Lisbon last week.

That has prompted plans for an overhaul of the squad at Barca which could include parting with Luis Suarez, too. Sources have confirmed that Suarez, Messi’s best friend at the club, will be allowed to leave this summer.

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