Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi would be prepared to consider a move to the Premier League, but wouldn’t entertain the idea of joining either Manchester United or Arsenal, according to the Daily Express.
The paper, citing reports from Spain, claims that the diminutive footballing legend’s future remains the subject of hot debate, despite the best efforts of his father and agent yesterday in playing down transfer talk.
Messi move possible
Messi himself appeared to hint that he could play his football elsewhere prior to the end of his career, and since those comments surfaced the talk of the town has been over where that might be.
After digging a little deeper though reports suggest that there are only four teams in the world who would be able to both afford the record-shattering fee that would be needed to convince Barcelona to sell, and then promise the sort of trophy-haul that Messi would be prepared to sign up to.
The fantastic four
Those four are Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain - who are backed by Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s fortunes -, Inter Milan - fresh from Erick Thohir’s lucrative takeover, Chelsea - who have the financial power of Roman Abramovich - and Manchester City - whose affluence needs no real explanation.
Messi’s current release clause is said to sit at a mind-boggling £200 million, and it would likely then take a previously unheard of contract to be wafted under his nose if his suitor’s have any hope of luring him away from La Liga.
An uncertain future
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner has already previously expressed a desire to finish his career at the Nou Camp, but it’s believed there are clubs who are confident some sort of deal is within the realms of possibility.
As such the rumours will please City and Chelsea, both of whom would likely bite Luis Enrique’s hand off if he were to offer any inclination that Messi was for sale.
The Manchester giants have proven that they’re willing to throw a blank cheque book at virtually anything standing in their way of matching the sort of glory attained by their closest rivals United, and Jose Mourinho will be all too aware of the damage he could do with a player of Messi’s abilities at his disposal.