Manchester Metropolis are the odds-on favorite to be Lionel Messi’s subsequent membership.
The bombshell dropped on Tuesday evening that Messi has informed Barcelona that he needs to depart the membership after 16 wonderful years.
The announcement comes simply 11 days following Barca’s humiliating 8-2 demolition by the hands of Bayern Munich to ship them crashing out of the Champions League on the quarter-final stage and amid rising frustrations with the membership’s board and president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
It is reported that the 33-year-old has despatched paperwork to the Barcelona hierarchy informing them of his need to depart and requested for them to simply accept a clause in his contract which might permit him to depart for nothing.
Nonetheless, that appears to be a sticking level because the date for the clause to be activated has handed and Barcelona will solely permit Messi to depart if his 700 million euro launch clause is met.
The Argentine’s future stays unclear and it is also not assured that Metropolis would even make a transfer, as Pep Guardiola has at all times insisted he needs Messi to complete his profession on the Camp Nou and the Blues are specializing in signing one other high-quality centre-back this summer time.
Nonetheless, that hasn’t stopped Metropolis from being named 6/four favourites to be Messi’s subsequent membership, which is not stunning contemplating the Guardiola connection. Plus Metropolis at all times seen themselves as one of many few golf equipment that may have the ability to tempt the participant if he ever determined to depart Barcelona.
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Manchester United haven’t been linked practically as a lot with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, however their monetary clout makes them the fifth more than likely crew to signal him at 13/2, based on BetFair.
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