Lionel Messi would appear to still be interesting the owners of Manchester City whom seem intent on signing the player in what would be the biggest footballing transfer coup of all time.
Suggestions have been made that the player is open to such a move but that he would require in the region of £800,000-per-week in wages.
A quite preposterous amount of money not to mention the cost of signing him in the first place. Conservative estimates put any transfer fee at an absolute minimum of £120m.
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The notion that the greatest player that Barcelona have ever had will never leave has to be put to bed now, however.
Messi is known to be unhappy about the continuous rumblings around his tax status in Spain and a move abroad will free him from the obvious stress that this entails.
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Icing on the cake
Furthermore, it also appears that by prioritising Neymar's contract renewal over his own, the club have put the Argentinian's nose out of joint.
City are one of a very exclusive band of clubs that could possibly afford to purchase Messi and with rumours still swirling around in football circles that Pep Guardiola could manage the club as early as next season, acquiring Messi would be the icing on the cake in the blue half of Manchester.
Everything considered, you still have to weigh up the balance of probabilities.
For instance, Messi has said time and again that he will never leave Barcelona - unless he was not wanted and Barca have remained steadfast in their commitment to the player.
From the other side of the deal, City will have to come up with some incredibly persuasive numbers in order to emerge with credit from an FFP investigation that would likely follow any purchase.
Looking at any deal from a footballing perspective only, there's no reason to think that Messi would want to swap being part of the greatest attacking trio in football history to spearhead another new dawn at the Etihad Stadium either.
Messi, Neymar and Suarez have scored a combined 125 goals in the calendar year. That's more than all of the teams in Europe's top five divisions.
The joy of playing alongside the Brazilian and Uruguayan is self evident and that state of utopia and happiness is extremely rare in the world of top-level sports teams.
Never say never
In the cold light of day, you can never say never in football and who knows how Messi and his agent father would react if Shiekh Mansour put the deal on the table.
There are issues to overcome before there is any chance at all that we will see a Lionel Messi signature on a playing contract for City, but that won't stop the Citizens from testing the waters.
It could happen...but it doesn't mean it will.
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