Man City remain ‘favourites’ to sign Lionel Messi over PSG as David Beckham teases MLS move for Barcelona superstar December 30, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Manchester City remain the favourites to seal a blockbuster transfer for Lionel Messi next summer, reports claim.
The 33-year-old, who has scored a remarkable 644 goals in 749 matches for the Catalans, sensationally expressed his desire to leave Camp Nou during the summer.
However, speculation on his future has once again mounted after Messi revealed his ‘dream’ to one day play in America’s Major League Soccer last week.
“I would like to play in the United States and experience life and the league there, but ultimately come back to Barcelona in some capacity,” he said in a lengthy interview broadcast by Spanish TV channel La Sexta.
“I’m not thinking too far ahead in the short term and just want to see how the season finishes.”
According to The Telegraph, Messi’s comments have given a strong indication that City Football Group could offer a deal encompassing three years at the Etihad followed by a couple more in MLS with their New York franchise.
City, therefore, remain the most likely destination for the Argentine, who has spent his entire career at Barcelona and bookies have slashed the odds of this happening.
Nevertheless, Messi insisted no decision will be made until the end of the season.
“Nothing will be crystal clear before the end of the year. I’ll wait until the season is over,” he said.
“What matters now is thinking about the team, finishing the year well and not being distracted by other things.
“I don’t know what will happen. I’m focused on what we have here and battling for whatever we can.”
Former Manchester United star David Beckham has not ruled out making a sensational move to bring Messi to his Inter Miami franchise.
Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the ex-England captain said: “Well you know what, we’ve got great opportunities down in Miami.
“‘We’ve been contacted by a lot of different players over possibly coming to join the team.”