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Lionel Messi would like to spend next season at Manchester City after leaving Barcelona, according to Marcelo Bechler:
Bechler had reported earlier this month Messi wanted to leave Barcelona, which was confirmed by the club on Tuesday, per Moises Llorens and Sam Marsden of ESPN.
According to Rodrigo Faez and Moises Llorens ESPN, the superstar spoke to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on the phone last week to discuss a possible move to the Premier League club.
Messi had played for Guardiola from 2008-2012, combining to win two Champions League titles in that streak.
Guardiola has won two Premier League championships with Manchester City, finishing second in the league against Liverpool this year. The addition of Messi could make the team a favorite to win the Premier League again and fight for a Champions League title.
With Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and others, it could be the biggest attack in the world in 2020-2021.
Messi has already won six Ballon d’Or trophies as the world’s best player and remains an elite playmaker, finishing this season with 25 goals and 21 assists in La Liga.
Llorens and Faez reported that Manchester City had already “tightened the numbers” to see if they could sign Messi without breaking financial fair play rules. If the money works, it seems like a perfect match for everyone involved.