It is claimed that such is the English’s side intention to land the Argentine star, they are willing to offer striker Gabriel Jesus, Portugal international Bernardo Silva and central defender Eric Garcia – who came through Barca’s La Masia youth academy – to the Catalan club.
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.
Whilst Messi is intent on leaving as a free agent, the Blaugrana refute the legality of this claim and are referring to his €700m release clause.
With this in mind, the report claims that City are offering €100m plus three of their first-team players in order to secure the 33-year-old.
It is claimed that City are the club best placed to land the Argentine due to his personal relationship with boss Pep Guardiola, while he also shares a close bond with Argentina international teammate Sergio Aguero.
City are said to be optimistic about completing a deal for Messi this summer.