Pep Guardiola is ready to reunite with Lionel Messi at Manchester City if he decides to leave Barcelona, according to a report from Spain.
Messi is set for crunch talks with Barca president Joan Laporta over his future, amid interest from PSG as well as City.
Messi’s season is already over, after boss Ronald Koeman allowed him to miss Saturday’s final La Liga match at Eibar so he can begin his break early ahead of next month’s Copa America.
And the Argentine superstar may have played his last game for the Blaugrauna, with his contract set to expire at the end of June.
Both Laporta and Koeman are desperate for the 33-year-old to stay, with Messi’s father and agent having held informal talks over his son’s future.
But with no concrete offer yet on the table, City reportedly have an offer ready to make to Messi if he tells Barca he wants a new challenge.
That’s according to a report from Marca, which claims City will wait until Messi’s availability is clear before making their offer.
The Spanish publication says Paris Saint-Germain have already made an offer to the forward, but he won’t talk to any other club until he has spoken to Barcelona and understands the Catalan club’s position.
Barcelona have been linked with moves for Erling Haaland, Harry Kane and Neymar, but the huge finances involved in signing any of those players are a barrier – making them even more determined to hold on to one of the game’s greatest players.
Sergio Aguero is expected to arrive at the Nou Camp on a free transfer after his contract at City expires, and Barca will hope that can the signing of his good friend and international team-mate will persuade Messi to stay.
Man City and PSG are thought to be the only clubs who can finance a move for Messi given his huge salary.
But a report last weekend claimed Manchester United and Chelsea had also been sounded out about a possible move.
Messi’s camp told City they can strike a deal if they pay Messi £500,000-a-week, according to The Sun.
The publication claimed the player’s entourage had also put feelers out to City’s Premier League rivals United and Chelsea regarding a possible arrangement.