Messi's eye-watering Man City Sh64 billion contract offer details emerge
Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi warms up before the UEFA Champions League Group F football match between Barcelona and Inter Milan at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, on October 2, 2019. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)

Manchester City will offer Lionel Messi an incredible £450m five-year deal (Sh64 billion) to quit Barcelona.

The Argentine signalled his intent to quit the Nou Camp when he sent the club a burofax earlier this week.

It has sent clubs around Europe into a frenzy, crunching the numbers to see whether they could make the move happen.

City, with their financial might and the lure of Pep Guardiola, are leading the race for Messi’s services.

And they will offer him £90m-a-year (Sh12 billion) to move to the Etihad, reports SPORT.

That is a similar figure to what he currently earns in Catalunya, but he could make even more than that.

Messi's eye-watering Man City Sh64 billion contract offer details emerge
La Liga Santander – FC Barcelona v Valencia – Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain – February 2, 2019 Barcelona’s Lionel Messi looks dejected during the match [REUTERS/Albert Gea]

Reports suggest City bosses, who are part of a group who also own New York City FC, want Messi to move to the MLS to see out his career.

The 33-year-old will be offered a five-year deal, but after the third year they want him to move to the Big Apple – that would see Messi pick up a hefty bonus of £225m (Sh32 billion).

Currently those the six-time Ballon D’Or winner’s exit from Barcelona looks set to turn ugly amid different interpretations about his contract.

Messi has a clause which allows him to quit the Spanish club and leave for nothing, but that activation date has passed.

The player’s entourage however argue that the elongated nature of the season means he can still leave for free.

Barcelona though are determined to demand Messi’s £624m (Sh90 billion) release clause if he is to leave, but La Liga have moved to dismiss this.

They issued a statement which outlined the situation and insist the global star can still leave for free.

 

 

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