Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are planning to test Barcelona’s resolve by making a world record bid for Lionel Messi.
Spanish publication El Confidencial believe both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain remain keen on enticing Messi away from La Liga giants Barcelona in the summer.
Both sides believe their chances of landing one of the world’s best players have increased as the Barcelona man has had a disappointing season at the Camp Nou.
Messi has struggled with injury this season which has hampered Barcelona’s chances of winning silverware.
Barcelona were eliminated in the Champions League by Atletico Madrid earlier this month, were beaten in the Copa del Rey final by Real Madrid on Wednesday and are currently third in La Liga.
Messi’s representatives are said to be currently locked in discussions with Barcelona over a new deal.
The 26-year-old’s potential suitors believe they may just have a chance of signing Messi if negotiations break down between now and the start of the summer transfer window.
Reports suggest Messi could be keen on a move to Manchester City if he was to end his 14-year affiliation with Barcelona as he is keen to link up with fellow Argentine Sergio Aguero.