Barcelona maestro Lionel Messi could leave for Manchester City this summer.
Former Barcelona teammate of Lionel Messi claims a move to Manchester City is a real possibility despite having complications.
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The future of the Argentine international becomes more and more uncertain ever since the historic humiliation against the German side, Bayern Munich. ESPN reports that the Barcelona board are currently debating about Leo’s future with some members prepared to green-light the sale of the six-time Ballon D’or winner.
While newly appointed Ronald Koeman has admitted to wanting Messi in his squad for next season, both the player and the club remain uncertain. This has prompted many to believe that his exit from the Nou Camp is as realistic as it gets during these chaotic times.
Former Barca and City midfielder, Yaya Toure believes that Leo’s move to reunite with Pep Guardiola in England is within reach but will also be complicated.
“It is going to be complicated. From what I know, Messi loves Barcelona. He loves the city, he loves the club, he loves the philosophy there. But if he had to leave the club, maybe he could come to City. Why? Because City have the money to buy him and there are only a few clubs in the Premier League who can afford him, to be honest.” Toure said.
Source Daily Star
The former teammate is telling the truth when claiming that City are among the very few European clubs that can afford to pay his current 40 million euro salary. This is also the reason why the Catalan side themselves are planning to sell the captain as it will help them bring down their extremely expensive salary budget.
But in reality, Messi is not the reason why Barca are suffering financially. The board, particularly president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, are overpaying multiple existing players who do not deserve to be paid so heavily. Players like Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic, Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho, and many more are currently being paid significantly higher than what they deserve based on their performances this season.
The club should look to sell or release these athletes to not only free up squad space but also help bring back the economy by getting rid of unnecessary wages.
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