Manchester City could be a potential destination for Lionel Messi after he handed in a transfer request at Barcelona following a fallout with the Nou Camp board.
And the Citizens are willing to let Gabriel Jesus leave to Barca as they eye a transfer for Messi.
The 33-year-old’s future was already in doubt but on Tuesday Messi handed in a transfer request.
And it appears that there is no backing down from the Argentine, who wants to leave immediately.
But Messi’s transfer fee could be a trickier affair – with Barca entitled to demand his full release clause, which stands at €700m (£630m.
Even that is too much for the most well-to-do of teams amid talk that City are keen on landing the forward.
The Etihad has always appeared a welcoming destination for the mercurial superstar because of Pep Guardiola.
Messi arguably played his best football under Guardiola while a reunion would be some statement of intent from the City chiefs.
And according to Globo, via Toni Juanmarti, the former Catalan coach is happy to throw Jesus into a deal that would secure the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Barcelona have plans on replacing Luis Suarez after Ronald Koeman told him he is not in his plans entering the next season.
It means Los Cules are on the lookout for a striker and Jesus could be the answer.