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Bacelona Striker Lionel Messi set for world record move to join Guardiola



Messi has reportedly turned down a contract extension at Barcelona, putting Europe’s top clubs on red alert, but it is believed that Manchester City will have an upper hand if a deal were to happen, and they are now reported to be putting together a stunning financial package in excess of £200m for the Argentine.
The report claims City bosses are drawing up a plan that will see them pay Barca a world-record transfer fee in excess of £100m as well as handing Messi a basic wage of £500,000-a-week.
Messi’s former boss at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola is currently in charge at Manchester City, so also are former Barca executives Txiki Begiristain and Ferrian Soriano, and the Premier League club believe that would put them in pole position to sign the player should be ever decide to leave the Nou Camp.
And that confidence has now escalated following the Spanish champions’ failure to convince the 29-year-old to sign a new contract.
City are only one of the few clubs who could meet the financial demands of such a deal, with Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and neighbours the other clubs who would be able to afford to make a move for Messi, while clubs in the cash-rich Chinese League could offer the forward an even bigger fortune than he could pick up in Europe.
Messi has a £215m buy-out clause in his current deal but his contract will expire in 2018, and Barca know they will be forced to sell the four-time World Footballer of the Year next summer or risk losing him for nothing 12 months later.

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