Lionel Messi to Manchester???

Dani Alves, formerly of Barcelona and Juventus and currently at PSG once commented words to the effect that he did not know Manchester had two football teams. Those comments from 2014 related to five years earlier when Manchester City were beginning their ascent to becoming one of the best teams in their country before attempting to conquer Europe and become a worldwide brand. Two Premier League titles, a FA Cup and two League Cups later, everybody in football knows how many clubs are based in the Northwest’s largest city. Whilst the red half can still claim to be the biggest,  their blue counterparts can easily argue, as we stand, that they are the best with four consectuve higher league finishes and far better recent European pedigree despite a Europa League victory for Manchester United last season.


So why am I going on about the team from the blue half of Manchester, hopefully the title of this blog explains it a little. As we all know Neymar has just joined the aforementioned Dani Alves at PSG in a near £200 million transfer – the buyout clause paid, the player decided to leave Barcelona for pastures new. Now a certain other player at Barcelona is the man that the people at Manchester City want more than any other. Lionel Messi apparently has a 275 million, pounds or euros to be honest its pretty much the same amount nowadays, buyout of his contract.


Note the connections at the Etihad, General Manager, Ferran Soriano, Ex-Barcelona – Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, Ex-Barcelona, – First Team Manager, Pep Guardiola, Ex-Barcelona, I think you get my drift. Rumours are ten a penny in football but there are thoughts that Mr Messi is not as happy as he once was over in Catalonia, and if the numbers can work out could a deal be brokered? Manchester City are clearly on the lookout for another attacking player with Alexis Sanchez the man on their radar, and if they could prise the Chilean from Arsenal’s clutches it would be a great deal, but could he be the backup plan? Just imagine if they could secure Messi with a world record breaking bid at the buyout clause price, it would be the most remarkalble transfer heist since, well Neymar’s a few weeks ago.


Recent reports that representatives from the club have spoken to the Argentinian’s people could easily be pie in the sky but there is most definitely a Middle East rivalry going on in the background. PSG are Qatar owned and Manchester City Abu Dhabi owned. The Qatari’s have already put their money down and are reaping the rewards, in two matches Neymar has 3 goals and 3 assists. Just imagine if only a short time later their near neighbours from the United Arab Emirates pulled off what would be the transfer of all transfers and would put Manchester City right up there as potentially one of the biggest clubs in the world if they get it right on the pitch too.  Yes it is unlikely, but that is what most people said before a certain Brazilian hotfooted it away from Barcelona to Paris. In football anything is possible with the right amount of money, watch this space I say.

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