Lionel Messi’s move to Manchester City is now ‘case closed’ after Pep Guardiola’s squad ‘threw in the towel’ and drew attention to Erling Haaland, Harry Kane or Romelu Lukaku … with PSG now the ‘only thing’ alternatively ‘if Barcelona star wants to leave it
- Reports in Spain state that Manchester City has given up Lionel Messi
- The Argentinian expressed his wish to leave last summer, although he had to stay
- City has now reportedly accepted that Messi will not leave the Nou Camp
- Pep Guardiola’s team puts all efforts into the search for a new striker
Manchester City have reportedly given up their ambitious move to bring Lionel Messi to the Premier League and now consider the entire episode ‘case closed’.
City has been a favorite for a while to become Messi’s next suitor, who should make an emotional exit from the Nou Camp after expressing his desire to take on a new challenge last summer.
Messi’s attempt to leave the club failed and now, under new manager Ronald Koeman and returning President Joan Laporta, Messi seems to be enjoying his football again and it looks like he will stay.
According to reports in Spain, City’s chase to Lionel Messi is now considered ‘case closed’ and Pep Guardiola (right) will not see his former star striker again.
Messi made it clear last summer that he intended to leave, but City now expects to renew
According to Spanish publication SportCity was very interested in signing Messi last summer, but “they throw in the towel, confident that the Argentinian will renew with Barca.”
The report indicates that “City will sign an attacker this summer to replace the outgoing Sergio Aguero, and the candidates are Erling Haaland, Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku.”
City have made it no secret that they are looking for firepower, after confirming on Monday that all-time top scorer Aguero will leave at the end of the season once his contract expires.
Sergio Aguero’s announcement that he will be leaving City has placed Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland as a favorite to replace him
City was widely expected to bring Messi to the Premier League after the superstar told Barça last year that he wanted to exercise his option to leave for free.
Messi sent the Spanish giants an official burofax outlining that he wanted to end his time at the Nou Camp, although Barça remained steadfast and successfully claimed that such a deadline to notify them of this intention had passed.
Messi has fallen back this season despite being forced to stay and has returned to his majestic best, currently leading the way in the La Liga goalscorer list with 23 goals and eight assists from 26 games played.
Barça has skyrocketed as a result and is now in second place just four points behind leader Atletico Madrid.
Sport add in the report that Paris Saint-Germain now remains the “only alternative to forcing Messi out of the Nou Camp from June 30,” should he again decide to tell his youth club he wants to leave.
Romelu Lukaku is now linked with City move alongside Tottenham’s Harry Kane (right)