Lionel Messi, Barcelona superstar could be starting the new season at The Etihad as Manchester City are looking at possible transfer offer to the The Catalan legend.
However, ESPN revealed last week that there are some members of the board that would be open to selling the Argentina international if he continues to push for an exit and the money is reinvested in rebuilding the team.
Another ESPN reports that the Premier League giants are examining whether they can sign the Argentine wizard and not breach the Financial Fair Play rules.
Even if the likes of PSG or Manchester City were to make an offer for Messi’s services around the €100mn ($118mn) mark, as was seen when Juventus captured generational rival Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, it is unlikely that Barça would budge.
The Blaugrana adamant on getting at least one more year out of their best-ever player, it is a case of activating Messi’s monstrous €700mn ($827mn) release clause or nothing for any outfit that wishes to immediately lure the 33-year-old away.