Manchester City have reportedly offered fresh new terms to Barcelona icon, Lionel Messi over a potential move in the summer which is understood to be £170million less than what they were prepared to pay the Argentine when they tried to sign him last summer.
Messi almost joined City last season after handing in a transfer request to leave Barcelona only for the player to rescind his decision after both the LaLiga authorities and club management reiterated that he would only be able to leave if a club would pay his €700m release clause.
The Sun has have claimed that City had offered the striker a five-year deal worth £600m last summer but have now presented the Barca captain with a new package of £430m. The report goes on to state that the Premier League side are willing to match their previous offer due to the financial impact cause by the coronavirus pandemic and also due to Messi’s increasing age.
Pep Guardiola has claimed that even though Manchester City don’t have a player like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, he is extremely pleased with his side.
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City would ideally present Messi with a two-year deal at the Etihad with a 12-month option before another two seasons in the MLS at sister club New York City. The potential package could see him commit to eight years with the forward also carrying out ambassadorial duties with the clubs owned by the City Football Group.
With Messi yet to agree to new terms with the Catalan giants, it will be interesting to see what he decides to do at the end of the season.