Manchester City have agreed personal terms with Lionel Messi with the Barcelona star all set for a five-year contract, according to Duncan Castles on The Transfer Window Podcast.
As already revealed by Sport via ESPN Messi will agree a five-year contract until June 30, 2025. However, Messi will not play the five years at The Etihad.
ESPN note he will play the first three and as of the 2023-2024 season he would play for City’s sister club New York City in MLS.
Castles has mooted the same deal, with both City and New York City part of the City Football Group. He does though suggest that Messi could even be offered an equity stake in the company.
The terms of the deal will earn the Argentina sensation a massive €700m over the course of the five-year deal across the two clubs.
Marca had stated that City’s offer was a direct three-year deal with informal talks already underway.
Messi is insisting on leaving on a free transfer, but the LaLiga club refute the legality of his claim. Talks are set to get underway with Messi’s father Jorge touching down in Barcelona on Wednesday.
Difficult to stay at Barca
Jorge denied any contact with City boss Pep Guardiola, but admitted staying at the Camp Nou would be hard: “A future at Barcelona? It is difficult. It would be difficult to stay.
“I haven’t talked with Pep. There is nothing yet with City,” he told El Chiringuito.
In an interview with Barcelona presidential hopeful Victor Font, he also said it seemed unlikely Messi would change his mind about leaving the club.
But Font has said it is vital the departure of the Barca legend goes smoothly and his ties with the club
Font told Sky Sports: “Until it’s over there is always hope. And therefore I really hope the decision can be changed.
“It doesn’t seem likely, though, and therefore if that’s the case, the focus should be on making the transition as smooth as possible.
“And the ties between Messi and Barcelona that go very deep, remain there, so we can ensure somehow, the relationship continues in the future.”