08 Feb Man Metropolis nonetheless monitoring Barcelona’s Messi, planning totally different strategy to PSG
Manchester Metropolis haven’t given up on signing Lionel Messi on a free transfer this summer time however will wait till March or April earlier than sounding out the state of affairs concerning the Barcelona ahead, numerous sources have informed Football4cast.
Messi, 33, is out of contract in June and has been free to barter with different golf equipment since Jan. 1. Metropolis led the chase for the Argentina worldwide final August when he requested Barca to let him go away however the Premier League leaders have saved a low profile in current months.
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In distinction, Paris Saint-Germain have been making a number of noise about their want to signal Messi on the finish of the season.
Metropolis will bide their time and see how the state of affairs develops, even when PSG have taken a unique strategy, an strategy which sources at Barca have informed Football4cast is totally the incorrect approach to attempt to seduce Messi.
“PSG are making a mistake with the technique they’re utilizing,” one supply stated. “Leo would not like all that noise within the media and even much less the kind of feedback [which have been made].”
PSG’s sporting director Leonardo has confirmed the French champions are monitoring Messi’s state of affairs, whereas coach Mauricio Pochettino and gamers Neymar and Angel Di Maria have publicly said that they’d welcome the Barca captain with open arms.
Di Maria even stated there was a “large likelihood” of Messi signing for PSG — which led Barca coach Ronald Koeman to model the French membership “disrespectful” — however Metropolis will present stiff competitors if Messi does go away Camp Nou after 20 years in Catalonia.
Sources have informed Football4cast that Metropolis are nonetheless monitoring Messi however have determined to undertake a much less aggressive tactic of their pursuit of his signature.
They employed the same technique final 12 months after they did a number of the groundwork. Pep Guardiola spoke with Messi on the cellphone to promote him Metropolis’s venture, whereas sources have additionally informed Football4cast that a couple of members of the membership’s workers stay in common contact with Messi’s individuals.
After working on what was thought-about a long-shot for a number of months, with no leaks, every thing bubbled to the floor within the wake of Barca’s 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich within the Champions League.
When it turned clear Messi needed to go away Barca, they made their transfer in August, with Messi sending a burofax to the Blaugrana asking them to let him go. Metropolis had completed intensive work on the numbers concerned within the deal — preserving in thoughts Messi’s most up-to-date four-year contract at Barca netted him as much as €555 million — and believed they might signal him whereas adhering to UEFA’s monetary honest play guidelines.
Barca president on the time Josep Maria Bartomeu refused to let Messi go, although, pointing to his €700m launch clause. Messi believed he might go away totally free however backed down moderately than taking the problem to court docket, ending Metropolis’s possibilities.
The state of affairs is totally different this time with Messi into the ultimate six months of his deal. Nonetheless, Messi has insisted he is not going to make any determination about his future till the season is over and sources near him have informed Football4cast that he’s solely targeted on serving to Barca finish the season strongly.
Koeman’s aspect are in good type, unbeaten in 11 video games in La Liga, and have a Copa del Rey semifinal in opposition to Sevilla and the primary leg of their Champions League tie in opposition to PSG to come back subsequent week.
In addition to success on the pitch, Messi’s future might additionally hinge on who is available in as the brand new Barca president, with the election penciled in for March 7. Messi will hearken to the plans of the incoming president, with Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa the three candidates.