Sergio Aguero will do all in his power to convince Lionel Messi that a move to Manchester City is one he should consider, although concedes it will be quite a challenge to prise the Barcelona icon away from the Camp Nou.
Messi’s relationship with Barcelona has always appeared like it will be one that shall never end yet the Argentina international’s future in Catalonia has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks.
The 27-year-old hinted that, one day, he could indeed leave Barcelona while Chelsea have since been linked with a enormous £200 million move for the player. Jose Mourinho has since denied an interest in bringing Messi to Stamford Bridge.
Manchester City interest
But what of a transfer to Manchester City? If any Premier League club has the finances in place to do so then it is them, and the boardroom Blaugrana connection at the Etihad Stadium will always fuel Barcelona rumours.
There is, of course, also a strong Argentine contingent at Manchester City, Aguero most notable among them, and he will continue to tell Messi that a switch to Eastlands would represent a logical next step.
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"It's a tough ask. I'll try and convince him," Aguero said after he was named Football Supporters' Federation Player of the Year.
"You want the best players to be playing in the Premier League. I'll certainly try and convince him."
The prospect of Messi leaving Barcelona is difficult to fathom, particularly for the club’s supporters, but there is little else for him to achieve with the team he made his debut for a decade ago.
Messi is the leading goalscorer in the annals of Barcelona history and recently broke the records in both La Liga and the Champions League. Is it time for a fresh challenge?
But home is where the heart is and, for Messi, that is certainly Barcelona. Given his deep ties and emotional connection to the club Messi has he could be forgiven for committing his career to Barcelona, just like Carles Puyol and Xavi before him.
Either way, it was only this year that Messi signed a new £16.3 million-per-season contract with Barcelona that will tie him to the club until 2019, and it will be some time before any serious questions over his future will be raised.
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