Manchester City forced to cancel Lionel Messi move

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Manchester City's hopes of bringing Lionel Messi to England hit a huge stumbling block after Barcelona had their 2015 transfer ban imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Barca had been handed the ban by FIFA in April after concerns were raised about the "international transfer of minors".


The Catalan giants appealed the ban but the CAS have decided to uphold it, meaning Luis Enrique's side will not be allowed to sign anybody until January 2016. That means City's growing hopes of a mega-bucks deal for Messi have all but ended for now with Barcelona unable to bring in a replacement for the four time Ballon d'Or winner.

A move for Messi had been gaining momentum in recent months, but City will now need to re-think their transfer plans.


Being unable to sign the Argentine will save Manchester City a bit of money however, with a potential move likely to have cost the Premier League champions anywhere in the region of £200million.

Barcelona are understandably unhappy with the decision from the CAS, and released a statement on their official website saying: "With all respect for the sports authorities, the club has expressed its utter nonconformity with the resolution.

"FC Barcelona wishes to state, with all due respect for the sports  authorities, that it totally disagrees with the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced today to confirm the sanction originally imposed by FIFA as a consequence of the alleged breach of regulations on the international transfer of minor footballers.


"FC Barcelona considers the sanction to be completely disproportionate as it supposes an excessive punishment for the club, when considering its trajectory and the circumstances of this specific case."

The ban had initially been put in place in April, but Barca's decision to appeal meant they were allowed to make signings in the summer window.

They took advantage of that by bringing in Liverpool star Luis Suarez, Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic, goalkeepers Marc-André ter Stegen and Claudio Bravo and defenders Thomas Vermaelen Jeremy Mathieu.


Having been knocked back in their hopes of signing one of the world's very best players, City have instead turned their attentions to one of the hottest young properties in world football.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the club have invited Norwegian sensation Martin Odegaard for a tour of their new multi-million pound training complex.


The City Football Academy was opened earlier this month, and the club are hopeful it's state of the art facilities will convince Odegaard to pick them ahead of a number of other suitors.

The 16-year-old starlet, who made his international debut at just 15, is being chased by the likes of Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Liverpool and has already visited all three teams.

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