Lionel Messi has reportedly agreed a €700m (£623m) contract with the City Football Group, which owns Manchester City, after informing Barcelona that he wanted to leave.
Messi’s existing relationship with his former boss Pep Guardiola and the fact the club’s cash rich owners would be able to afford him make it easy to see why.
Now, the Daily Record’s Duncan Castles claims that City Football Group have agreed a deal with the Argentinian superstar which will see him earn around €700m (£623m) over a five-year period.
The deal would see the-33-year-old employed by the group rather than one specific football club and the report states that he would spend three years at Manchester City before moving to the MLS to join their sister club New York City FC.
The report quotes a source close to the player as saying: “Messi thinks Guardiola took the best football out of him, and he wants to repeat that.”
Messi believes he can leave Barcelona for free after activating a clause in his contract but the club and La Liga are adamant that it expired in June.