Manchester City prepare €200m Lionel Messi bid

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Manchester City are ready to offer a staggering €200m to activate the release clause of Lionel Messi, reports Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.

The Citizens travel to the Nou Camp next week and will attempt to overturn a 2-0 deficit but soon after Barcelona could be facing another assault from the Etihad Stadium.

While Manuel Pellegrini tries to mastermind an epic Champions League comeback owner Sheik Mansour is planning on stealing their prized Messi in a record shattering deal.

The Spanish broadsheet claims that Manchester City are ready to meet Lionel Messi's €200m release clause and then offer the Argentine forward a deal worth €25m-a-year.

Although Messi has returned from injury and is approaching his best form, there are still rumours of discontent circling Catalonia with the same paper claiming that Messi's poor attitude and increasingly reclusive manner has been reprimanded by the club in private.

If Messi does decide to enter talks with another club it looks as though Manchester City will have a clear run at the 26-year-old.

Although Paris Saint-Germain have equally deep pockets thanks to their Qatari owners, it is understood that Messi wouldn't consider a move to France because of the high earners tax enforced in France.

Any earnings would be subject to a 75% deduction by the French authorities, meaning that PSG can't compete with Manchester City's €25-a-year offer.

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