Lionel Messi could reportedly be interested in a switch to Manchester City – but only if they meet his £500k-a-week wage demands.
The Barcelona legend’s future is still in the air, having failed to agree a new contract at the Nou Camp.
As things stand, Messi is set to leave his boyhood club at the end of the season, and his father Jorge is currently in the process of negotiating where he will end up this summer.
Staying on at Barcelona remains the most likely possibility for Messi, but he will need to accept a steep pay cut to do so, especially with the La Liga side set to pump most of their funds this summer into sealing a move for Erling Haaland.
So the Sun claim that is willing to agree a 12-month deal elsewhere, if they can stump up a weekly wage of £500,000-a-week after tax.
That would see Messi earn around £25m a year, making him the best paid player in Premier League history, where he to join the mega-rich Man City.
PSG are the only other side in world football who could potentially afford those wages.
But with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe both set to stay on in the French capital, Mauricio Pochettino could be risking the balance of his attack by bringing in Messi.
The Argentine’s decision could also hinder on the future of Barca manger Ronald Koeman, though it looks like he will be given another year to impress by president Joan Laporta after a disappointing first year in charge.
According to a report from Spanish outlet football-espana, Laporta and Koeman’s relationship is still in good stead despite the Dutch manager falling short of what is likely to have been a number of his objectives at the beginning of the season.
Barca have endured an un-characteristic capitulation at the most vital stage of the title run-in, taking just five points from a possible 12.
As a result, it is rumoured Laporta has requested Koeman take a ‘braver’ approach to games.
Putting opposition sides to the sword with their swashbuckling attack that includes the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and of course Messi himself.
This shift in tactics may be the kind of thing that sees Messi lift either the La Liga or Champions League trophy at least one more time in what has been a glittering career.
Though it remains unclear whether Laporta plans on keeping Koeman beyond this season.
The report claims the Barca president ‘appreciates’ the work Koeman has done since he was appointed, during at a time where the club felt like it was very much in freefall.