Manchester City have not given up hope of signing Lionel Messi for a free transfer next summer. But for this they have to wait till March-April. Various sources have confirmed this information. Barcelona’s current contract with 33-year-old Messi is set to expire next June. That’s why Messi has been open to talks with various clubs since January.
City Argentina have been trying to recruit the superstar since August last year. But for some time now, that interest has waned. Meanwhile, PSG has been making a lot of noise for some time to get Messi at the end of the season.
Although City understood the situation and waited for some time, various sources have confirmed that PSG has adopted a completely wrong approach to bring Messi in the team. A source said, ‘The kind of strategy they have adopted is completely wrong.
Messi does not like such publicity in the media at all. He does not want to see even the slightest reaction through the media or social media. ‘ PSG’s Sporting Director Leonardo has confirmed that the French champions are closely monitoring Messi’s situation.
Meanwhile, coaches Mauricio Pochettino, Neymar and Angel Di Maria are openly saying they are looking forward to welcoming the Barca captain. De Maria even said that Messi has a big chance to come to PSG. But in that case, PSG will have to face a tough fight with City over bringing Messi to the team after a 20-year relationship with Camp Nou.
A source in ESPN said that although City are still in a tough position for Messi, they do not want to adopt any kind of aggressive tactics. Last year, they also went a long way in this regard by adopting a similar strategy.
City boss Pep Guardiola also spoke to Messi on the phone. Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona are currently unbeaten in 11 consecutive matches in La Liga. In addition to next week’s Copa del Rey semifinal match against Sevilla, the Catalan giants will face PSG in the first leg of the last 16 of the Champions League. As always, Messi is proving himself every day this season as a Bara player. Messi’s future also depends on Barcelona’s much-anticipated March 8 presidential election.