The Brazilian striker has netted 68 goals in 152 appearances for the English club since a January 2017 switch from Palmeiras and he has netted 18 times in 38 international appearances.
Argentine-based journalist Veronica Brunati claims the Brazilian striker will be offered to the Camp Nou as any prospective deal, but City playmaker Bernardo Silva will not be leaving the club.
#ManchesterCity no ofertará a #BernardoSilva en la negociación por #Messi. El único jugador que puede entrar en el inicio de las negociaciaciones es #GabrielJesus. Pero no va a desprenderse de Bernardo.
— Veronica Brunati 💚 (@verobrunati) August 27, 2020
That contradicted a report earlier in the day from Diario Sport, that claimed City are offering Barcelona three first-team stars including Jesus and Silva, with central defender Eric Garcia also to be included in the offer.
It follows directly from a report in Marca that Man City’s offer to Messi was a three-year contract with informal negotiations already opened between the parties.
Separately, a report from Esport3 in Catalonia claims Gabriel Jesus, Garcia and Angelino will all be offered to the Blaugrana from Pep Guardiola’s side.