Manchester City are willing to pay €200m for Lionel Messi, it has been claimed in Spain this afternoon.
Catalan daily Sport have revealed that the Premier League side are desperate to land the former Ballon d’Or winner, and are happy to double the world record for a player to get him.
Gareth Bale moved from Tottenham to Real Madrid for €100m last summer, but the Etihad outfit will pay twice that amount.
The Argentina international’s contract negotiations with the Blaugrana have stalled somewhat lately. And Manuel Pellegrini’s men seem to think that Messi’s reticence to sign could indicate a yearning to move.
The Camp Nou outfit though, would only be willing to sell their star if an extension can’t be agreed, but the club are confident they can offer the record-breaking goalscorer the money he requires to stay.