If Manchester City can pull this one off, this would eclipse all other transfer sagas in the history of football by quite a distance. After the huge monetary transactions regarding the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to Real Madrid from Manchester United and Tottenham respectively, this is set to break all records, if City can complete this of course.
If reports are correct, City are set to rope in a bid as high as €200 million for Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who has been unanimous with the Catalan giants for such a long period of time.
His teammates have recently had the opinion that Messi has been absent minded and his focus has shifted from the game. There has been tensions in the dressing room as well as his personal life in the form of his tax evasion cases and Messi could be of the opinion that a change of club would be able to restructure his career.
This has interested City owners to meet the transfer clause in Messi’s contract of €200 million and they have made it their focus to bring the four time Ballon d’Or winner to the blue parts of Manchester. A lot is left to be seen and we can certainly hope for exciting times ahead in the summer.
On the other hand, another Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has urged his teammates to produce their best show to be able to overcome the might Manchester City in their UEFA Champions League match.
Barcelona won the first leg with a comfortable 2-0 margin at the Etihad and now City will be trying their best to cause an upset at the Camp Nuo and enter the last eight of the competition next Wednesday.
Recently in an interview the Spain midfielder has stated ‘We’ve got one part of the elimination round done. But it’s extremely difficult,’ he said. ‘I don’t want anybody to think that it’s a done deal.’
‘We still have 90 tough minutes to play against a very difficult rival, who have very good players.
‘We don’t want to have any surprises or get scared so we have to play practically a perfect game.
‘It’s difficult to avoid thinking that we are almost there (into the quarter finals) because you know that the contender you have in front of you. In football, it’s not over till it’s over.
‘We have to put all our senses in playing in an extraordinary game with the focus on making a minimum of mistakes and hope of being able to make it in the next round,’ he added.