City ready Messi of­fer

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS - BY JACK DE MENEZES

MANCH­ESTER CITY will press on with their at­tempt to sign Lionel Messi in the sum­mer by launch­ing a world record bid in ex­cess of £100m to try and sign the Barcelona for­ward, with wages of around £500,000-aweek re­ported to be on of­fer if he agrees a switch to the Premier League.

With Messi cur­rently in con­tract limbo at Barcelona af­ter re­port­edly re­ject­ing their lat­est of­fer, City are grow­ing in con­fi­dence at sign­ing the 29-year-old, es­pe­cially with their trio of Pep Guardi­ola, Txiki Be­giris­tain and Fer­ran So­ri­ano all work­ing with the Argentine at the Nou Camp in the past.

Messi missed Satur­day’s 0-0 draw with Malaga through ill­ness, and

re­ports this morn­ing that City are putting to­gether a £200m move to tempt him to Eng­land where he will be­come the world’s high­est-paid player, over­tak­ing Real Madrid’s Cris­tiano Ron­aldo.

The re­port claims that City are will­ing to of­fer a fee of over £100m to Barcelona to part with the five-time Bal­lon d’Or win­ner, and when his wages and ad­di­tional bonuses are tak­ing into ac­count, City will have to fork out over £200m to com­plete the deal.

Messi has a £215m buy-out clause in his con­tract that ex­pires in 2018, but with the club and player cur­rently at a stale­mate in ne­go­ti­a­tions, the Cata­lan side fear he could reach the sum­mer with just 12 months re­main­ing on his deal.

That would lead to the club fac­ing a huge dilemma in that they would have to sell Messi or risk los­ing a po­ten­tial £100m-plus player for noth­ing, or bow to his de­mands and give him the con­tract that he de­sires.

City are one of few clubs who are able to cater to Messi’s de­mands and, along with Paris Saint-Ger­main and Manch­ester United, would be able to tempt Barcelona into sell­ing the Ar­gentina in­ter­na­tional if he reaches next sum­mer with no new deal in sight.

United have al­ready shown their in­tent in flex­ing their fi­nan­cial fire­power to sign world-record sign­ing Paul Pogba this year for £89m. – The In­de­pen­dent

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