After an 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich, Lionel Messi expressed his desire to leave the club and play under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. He then did not attend the club's pre-season training and even stated that he doesn't consider himself a player of Barcelona. The transfer rumor was believed to be legit after Messi's meeting with the Manchester City owner where he was offered a lucrative €700 million came to known.
However, with still 1 year remaining in the contract, thew transfer seems to be difficult as the release clause of the Argentine is reported to be worth €700 Million. A source revealed that the Premier League club has offered a lucrative contract worth €700 million if Messi can negotiate and come on a free transfer.
As per some reports, the City owners have agreed to pay him €700 Million on a five-year deal worth - the same amount as his release clause. As per the deal, Messi will play the first three years in Premier League and the next two years with New York City FC- also owned by City Football Group (CFG).
Meanwhile, La Liga on Sunday released a statement saying Messi’s Barcelona contract was still valid and the clubs who want to buy him will have to pay €700 million (£624m/$823m) release clause in a deal that runs until next June.