Members within Manchester City’s staff have ‘remained in regular contact‘ with the people working around Lionel Messi, according to the latest reliable reports, with the Premier League side ‘not giving up‘ on his signature in the summer window.
There has still not been any clear indications from Barcelona or Messi himself that the Argentine star will remain at the Camp Nou beyond the current season – mainly due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the presidential elections at the club.
The Barcelona forward has made it very clear that a decision will not be made on his future until after the elections have been carried out, and even then, he has insisted that a decision and formal announcement will only be made by himself.
That has of course enabled reports and journalists to continue their work on scouring out the most insightful stories into what could happen next, however deciphering what to believe and what not to believe may prove difficult. However, two of the more well-informed journalists from Spain have provided an insight into where Manchester City now stand on the 33-year-old.
According to Mois Llorens and Rodrigo Faez of ESPN, Manchester City have ‘not given up‘ on signing Lionel Messi on a free transfer this summer, but will wait until March or April before sounding out the situation regarding the Barcelona forward.
ESPN do provide information on City’s tactics on the situation, stating that Etihad officials will ‘bide their time‘ and see how the situation regarding Lionel Messi develops, even if PSG have taken a different approach – an approach which sources at Barcelona have said is ‘completely the wrong way‘ to try and seduce Messi. On the contrary, City have decided to adopt a ‘less aggressive tactic‘ in their pursuit of Lionel Messi.
Many will remember last summer that there were claims that Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi had spoken directly on the phone over the possibility of a reunion in the Premier League – and this is confirmed by ESPN, with Faez and Llorens writing that Guardiola spoke with his former colleague to ‘sell him the project’ that is taking place at the Etihad Stadium.
In fact, sources have have informed ESPN directly that ‘a few members‘ of the Manchester City’s staff – presumably those in higher-up/boardroom positions, remain in regular contact with Messi’s people or entourage.
The Barcelona forward is one of several high-profile targets that Manchester City will look to pursue over the course of the next eight months or so – with the summer window expected to be one of major transition, in key positions for Pep Guardiola’s side.
There are ongoing suggestions that a striker will be a key focus, with Romelu Lukaku, Erling Haaland and Harry Kane being the primary targets, However, Monday brought about suggestions that there is the possibility of signing two forwards, and should that be the case, then Danny Ings of Southampton is one option being considered.
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