Lionel Messi could still travel to Manchester City this summer – but only if the Premier League champions pay him £ 500,000 a week AFTER TAX.
The Argentinian superstar’s contract ends at the end of the season and his father is said to have started contractual maneuvers.
The Sun reports he is ‘open to the idea’ of a one-year contract with the option of an additional year, if a suitor is willing to rack up £ 25million a year.
The news, however, comes after strong indications that Messi was set to extend his 17-year stay at Camp Nou.
Various sources have suggested that new Barcelona president Joan Laporta convinced Messi to stay at the club he has spent his entire career with.
Manchester City, who are one of only two clubs approached to be able to afford such a sum with Paris Saint-Germain, have been told they are expected to make Messi the highest-paid player in Premier League history to attract him to the Etihad.
The report adds that “ feelers have been sent ” to Chelsea and Manchester United, but they have reportedly shown little interest.
Messi has had another breathtaking season for the Spanish giants despite being at the end of his career, scoring 37 goals in 46 games in all competitions.
Laporta, however, would go out of his way to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, it could be about letting the superstar go to make room for the next one.
L’Express claim the La Liga giants could ship Messi with Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho, Martin Braithwaite and Ousmane Dembele to find the money for Haaland.