Manchester City are prepared to pay Lionel Messi £450m as part of a five-year deal that would eventually see him join New York City, according to reports.
Spanish outlet Sport have unveiled City’s plan for the Argentina sensation, but admit no approach has yet been made for Messi.
In fact no approach from any club has been made yet, but the source suggest City “has been working the most” to prepare a deal for the player.
Apparently City officials have sat down to discuss the figures surrounding any potential deal for Messi and, the plan at the moment is conditional on the footballer being able to leave Barça on a free.
If that happens, then City and 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.
The financials of the deal would see Messi collecting a “very similar” sum to what he is currently collecting at the Camp Nou.
Sport say Messi would cost City around €100m per year, but after his proposed switch to New York, Messi would receive a bonus of €250m.
That would mean breaking the Financial Fair Play rules, so a deal would have to be worked out where it can be incorporated into the transfer between New York City and Manchester City.
Free or not to be free
The 33-year-old told Barcelona chiefs on Tuesday evening that he wishes to leave the Nou Camp, believing he has a clause in his contract that would allow him to walk away for free.
Barcelona dispute that claim, with reports suggesting the clause expired earlier in the summer.
With the issue likely to rumble on, LaLiga issued a statement on Sunday morning insisting they would only recognise Messi’s exit if his release clause – believed to be in the region of £625million – is paid.