Man City investment to pay for Pep, Messi?

Manchester City hope to use the funds from the investment of a Chinese group to pay for Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola, it’s claimed.

City’s parent company City Football Group [CFG] this week sold 13% of its shares to China Media Capital [CMC] for a reported €376m, and Sport cites claims from England that the deal will give City the buying power to tempt Messi and Guardiola to the Etihad Stadium.

A weekly wage of €1m has even been suggested for Messi, to go with the €250m buyout clause that would have to be triggered in his Barcelona contract. That would equate to more than €50m a year, on a five-year contract.

Guardiola is said to be less interested in the money City can offer than the chance to have more control at a successful club, which would be afforded to him at City by former Barca cohorts Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, with Guardiola’s Bayern Munich future still in doubt.

Tags Bayern Munich Lionel Messi Manchester City Pep Guardiola