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Sport Lionel Messi's incredible Manchester City contract detailed as Barcelona superstar picks Pep Guardiola reunion for next move

21:05  01 september  2020
21:05  01 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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MANCHESTER CITY are reportedly preparing a world-record £357million January bid for Barcelona Spanish newspaper AS claims Pep Guardiola would love to be reunited with his former player at And Messi ’ s dwindling contract could help City bring the Barcelona ace to the Premier League in a

Lionel Messi's decision to quit Barcelona for Manchester City is to be rewarded with a contract that will cement the multiple Ballon d'Or winner's status as the highest-paid individual in the history of the sport.

Record Sport understands that Messi has agreed financial terms worth €700million (currently £623m) over the course of five years in the employ of City Football Group, the Premier League club's holding company.

Messi - who on Sunday underlined last week's unilateral recision of the final year of his Barcelona contract by failing to report for mandatory COVID testing at the club – is expected to spend three seasons at Manchester City before moving to CFG's Major League Soccer franchise New York City FC.

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Pep Guardiola has said he hopes Lionel Messi will finish his career at Barcelona amid suggestions Manchester City want to sign the Argentinian on a free transfer in the summer. Messi ’ s future has been questioned this week after he criticised Eric Abidal following the sporting director’ s claim the

Messi ' s contract also includes a buyout clause worth €700million (£626m) as Barcelona bid to ward off other clubs interested in the five-time Ballon Reports in Spain suggested Manchester City were preparing to offer £358m for the Argentine as Pep Guardiola attempted to seal a reunion with Messi

The deal allows the group's Abu Dhabi ownership to employ the footballer they have coveted above all others since buying into European football 12 years ago at CFG's two most prominent clubs, with a degree of flexibility retained over the exact timing of Messi's cross-Atlantic switch.

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, Messi has been offered an equity stake in CFG as part of his compensation package.

However, there are complications involved in the valuation of shares in a sports company that City stated was worth a heady $4.8billion upon announcing a $500m equity investment from a US tech company last year. The Argentina international may ultimately prefer to be remunerated in cash.

Messi, 33, is said to have chosen City over other European suitors because of an ambition to play in the Premier League and a calculation that the best opportunity to add to his count of four Champions League titles and six Ballon d'Or comes from reuniting with Pep Guardiola.

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Manchester City 'will hand Lionel Messi a two-year contract ' if they can sign him this summer with Premier League side' s director of football Txiki Begiristain 'already in Barcelona to try Reuniting with his former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola would certainly be appealing to Messi , but there is still

LIONEL MESSI will reportedly be handed a two-year deal by Manchester City as they look to strike a deal with Barcelona . But Cadena Ser have stated that the four-time Premier League champions will instead give Messi a two-year contract . Though they add that City would be open to extending the

“Messi thinks Guardiola took the best football out of him, and he wants to repeat that,” said a source close to the player.

The move also follows a long period of contractual and sporting tension between Messi, his advisors and Barca. With his current contract due to conclude in the summer of 2021, negotiation on a new Camp Nou deal were held earlier this year in which the player's father, Jorge Messi, requested a further increase on financial terms that were already the most lucrative in the sport.

  Lionel Messi's incredible Manchester City contract detailed as Barcelona superstar picks Pep Guardiola reunion for next move © REUTERS

Last summer, Messi asked the club to focus recruitment efforts on bringing his friend Neymar back to Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain, working with several team-mates to persuade the Brazil international to choose the Camp Nou over a competing offer from Real Madrid.

Barca failed to conclude the transfer, instead signing Antoine Griezmann from Atletico, a move that angered Messis and is understood to have cost his father a €20m commission on Neymar's proposed transfer.

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Barcelona confirm Lionel Messi has signed new contract until 2021 — with £626million buy-out Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was keen on a reunion with the man he built his Barca team But any move now appears impossible. The original contract Messi agreed in July is understood to

Pep Guardiola ' s City are believed to be the frontrunners to sign Messi and the Premier League giants have reportedly offered a long-term contract that would end with the 33-year-old playing for sister club New York City in MLS. Schelotto, whose Galaxy were previously linked with a move for Messi , was

Messi's current contract – the then-unprecedented terms of which were agreed in 2017 under pressure from an earlier competing offer from Abu Dhabi-owned City – contains a clause that permits him to leave Barcelona without transfer fee should he formally state his intention to do so within 20 days of the end of each La Liga season.

The player's camp has received legal advise that this recision clause, which would have originally expired in June, remained in effective force last week because of the COVID-enforced extension to Barca's season.

Barcelona's lawyers are adamant that it has lawfully expired, and that the club would win any legal case brought by Messi to secure a transfer-fee-free switch this summer. On Sunday, the Spanish league stated that “the contract is currently in force and features a release clause to be applied in the event that Lionel Andres Messi should decide to activate the early unilateral termination of the contract”.

Although there have been discussions within the Barcelona hierarchy that the sale of Messi would make both economic and sporting sense for a club that is encumbered with heavy debts, and won no silverware while sacking two coaches last season, club president Jose Maria Bartomeu is under immense political pressure to retain Barca's most popular player.

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MANCHESTER City are ready to offer Lionel Messi an incredible £450million over five years if he Lionel Messi already in contact with Pep Guardiola as Man City lead transfer race for wantaway Barcelona For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click here.

Manchester City face Barcelona and Lionel Messi on Tuesday night. Guardiola also looks for Messi -esque attributes from any new signing. City need to pick up some kind of result Guardiola knows him well from his time as Barcelona manager and regards Messi at his most dangerous when

The club has so far remained insistent that Messi will only be permitted to exit on payment of the €700m release clause.

"We are not contemplating any kind of departure because what we want is for Messi to stay,” said Barcelona sporting director Ramon Planes last week. "We only have enormous respect for Leo Messi. Barca and Leo are like a marriage, where both have given so much to each other and have brought so much joy to the fans. We are putting every effort into ensuring that the relationship between Barca and Messi will continue. We are working internally to convince Leo."

Bartomeu is due to stand down as president in March, but has been working to keep the long-term leadership out of the hands of leading opposition candidate Victor Font, who earlier this month demanded his immediate resignation.

According to a club source, Bartomeu does “not want to be remembered as the president who transferred Messi”, and also sees the political value in handing the problem of the Argentine's status, power, financial demands and succession over to Font should the latter win next year's election.

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DANNY MURPHY: Lionel Messi would make Manchester City title favourites .
DANNY MURPHY: Manchester City look the obvious choice if Messi were to come here. He has his connection with Pep Guardiola and it is really only City who could possibly afford him. This may sound ridiculous but is Messi really what City need? Of course he would improve them - he’s Messi - but they do have other areas more in need of strengthening. They would probably have to forgo those to do the Messi deal. But would the supporters, or the club, really care? Opportunities to sign a player like Messi do not come around very often and may be a worthwhile sacrifice.

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