While Messi and Barça are at war, Manchester City are already preparing their offer for the Argentine and to believe Sport, she is XXL.
Still a lot of info in the Messi soap opera this Sunday. A Sunday marked by the absence of the Argentine at the club’s training center, despite the summons of all Barça players for PCR tests. Deeming himself free, La Pulga did not show up.
Since last night, several Spanish media have announced that Messi no longer had a release clause of 700 million euros in his contract, which Barça and LaLiga deny. Both ensure that this clause is still valid and that Messi still has a year of contract. In France, L’Equipe also maintains that this clause no longer exists in 2020-2021 in Messi’s contract.
This Sunday evening, the Catalan daily Sport went there from his exclusion by filtering the supposed figures of the contract Manchester City is preparing for Messi. The English club would offer him a five-year contract with a gross annual salary of 100 million euros. But Messi would only play for three years at Manchester City before ending his career at New York City FC, for two years.
A signing bonus of € 250 million?
And according to Sport, Manchester City would take the opportunity to pay him 250 million euros in signing bonus at the time of his passage from Manchester to New York, just to dribble financial fair play, which only concerns European clubs. If these figures (750 M € in total for the contract) have been relayed by Marca in particular, no other source has yet confirmed the history of the signing bonus.
It should also be noted that according to the Brazilian journalist Marcelo Bechler, one of the first to have spoken the player’s desires elsewhere on August 16, Manchester City are already preparing for the arrival of Messi and have contacted a production company to retrieve images of the player in order to prepare his presentation video, just to be ready if the six-time Ballon d’Or were to be signed.
EXCLUSIVE! According to information from our correspondent @MarceloBechler, Manchester City is already moving with preparations for a possible Messi announcement if the signing is confirmed. #Messi #ManchesterCity pic.twitter.com/mJrThrtAqn
– Esporte Interativo (from 🏠) (@Esp_Interativo) August 30, 2020
This will require that the Messi clan and Barça manage to get along. According to Mundo Deportivo, Messi’s father will be at Barcelona this week and are expected to meet Josep Maria Bartomeu on Wednesday. However, the Catalan daily is not sure that this meeting is of much use, the two parties are no longer on the same wavelength.