Messi will sign Barcelona contract - Fernandez

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is congratulated by team meates after scoring against Sevilla

The Frech broadcasters claim Man City owner Khaldoon Al Mubarak could trigger the Argentinean's € 300 million release clause by the end of the current summer transfer window.

Messi agreed a new deal until 2021 last month, but the five-time Ballon d'Or victor is yet to officially put pen to paper.

Messi has scored 508 goals in 585 games for Barcelona since 2004, helping the La Liga giants win eight titles and the Champions League four times and emerge as one of the greatest players of all-time.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor agreed a new deal with the Catalan giants last month, but he has yet to put pen-to-paper, leading to suggestions he could still leave the Nou Camp. Meantime, the blaugrana must deal with another threat after the departure of Neymar.

Messi will sign Barcelona contract - Fernandez
Messi will sign Barcelona contract - Fernandez

And Yahoo Sport France report City are ready to swoop in and bring him to England.

Barcelona are struggling in their attempts to sign a replacement, with Liverpool adamant Philippe Coutinho will not be sold, while on the pitch Messi has seen his side fall to successive defeats to Real Madrid in the Super Cup.

Messi would demand a starting spot under City manager Pep Guardiola, with whom he worked during the pair's time together at Barcelona, and would add to an already exciting forward line. This rumour has gathered pace after Manchester City chairman, Sheikh Mansour reportedly told the fans that the club is working on a world record deal this summer.


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