The City withdraws from the race for Messi

According to 'Sport', Guardiola's team prioritizes the arrival of a center forward. They consider that Leo will renew for Barça. PSG, the only option away from the Camp Nou.

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Messi's future seems to be clearing up. According to the newspaper Sport today, Manchester City, which was Messi's favorite destination eight months ago when he sent Bartomeu the burofax expressing his intention to leave Barcelona, has withdrawn from the bid to get the services of the Argentine. Messi ends his contract with Barça in three months, on June 30 and from January 1, he could have freely negotiated with whoever he wanted.According to the news that is signed from the Messi environment (Verónica Brunati) and from the City environment (Pol Ballús) the English team would give up entering the fight to hire Messi due to two reasons: they prioritize the hiring of a 'nine' scorer after announcing that Kun Agüero will not continue in Manchester and they are convinced that the Argentine will end up renewing for Barcelona once the president has been changed at the Camp Nou with the return of Joan Laporta. If this information is confirmed, Paris Saint-Germain would remain as the only viable alternative to tempt a departure from Leo.

Once it was decided in England by mutual agreement that Agüero would not continue at City, Guardiola's team focused its objectives on finding a reference nine. The first on the list, as with all the big clubs in Europe is Erling Haaland, Norwegian from Borussia Dortmund. The alternatives are Romeo Lukaku, from Inter and Harry Keane, from Tottenham.

From the top of the City, which includes experts with knowledge of the interiors of Barcelona such as Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain (in addition to coach Pep Guardiola) are convinced that Messi will finally renew for Barcelona and consider it unnecessary wear and tear to go for the Argentine if he does not wink or send an unequivocal message to the citizen entity.

Thus, Messi's paths are reduced. Unless there is an unexpected surprise, Leo's options for the future are reduced to accepting an offer from PSG, which has already stated from all sides that he will be in the fight to hire him, or continue at Barça. There is the option of going to the United States, but that route would be considered for later.

PSG has long been sending messages to Messi from the locker room with statements from their main players and from the offices, where Leonardo has also expressed the desire of the French to hire him, as well as that they have created a climate to his supposed taste. The latest movement in that sense has been precisely to postulate himself as a possible destination for Kun Agüero, a player who leaves City, who maintains a great personal relationship with Messi and who also plays in the pools to reinforce Barça's lead.

The last dance for Messi has already definitively begun with the withdrawal of one of the suitors. Now, the next move is up to the new president. Joan Laporta has a pending conversation with the Argentine star.



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