Lionel Messi reportedly viewed Man Utd as one of the more “historic” Premier League clubs to have “charmed” him in the past while also speaking to Cesc Fabregas about playing in London
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We’ve been here before but this time it looks like Lionel Messi’s time at Barcelona may really be over.
A bombing declaration by the Catalan club on Thursday evening confirmed the legendary Argentine is no longer a Barcelona player despite a deal on a new contract.
The financial situation at Nou Camp has resulted in the LaLiga deal being blocked and Messi is now officially a free agent for the first time since his youth.
It has sparked a lot of speculation about his next target – just like last year when he informed Barcelona of his desire to leave.
At that time, The Athletic reported on Messi’s situation and gave an insight into his private views on various transfer opportunities in England.
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They said a move to Manchester City, the then-favorite for his signature, came as a surprise given a strained relationship with Barcelona towards the end of his time at Barcelona.
It has also been claimed that Messi is “more charmed” by “historic English clubs like Manchester United”, with the Red Devils appearing to be a club he admires.
Aside from his feelings towards Manchester United, Messi is said to have spoken regularly with former teammate Cesc Fabregas and was interested in the idea of playing in London.
This seems to show a positive attitude towards former clubs from Fabregas, Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as Tottenham.
“I always felt like he wanted an experience abroad,” the source told The Athletic last year.
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“Even more surprising than City is that he would work with Pep again. The relationship with Guardiola after so many intense seasons at Barcelona has not been the best for the players.
“That wasn’t Leo in particular. Leo and Pep had no direct problems, but last season wasn’t the best and the relationship between the players and the manager got very tired.
“Go see the players Guardiola signed at Bayern and City. You won’t find many who coached at Barca. The relationship between Guardiola and the players was broken in the end.”
“But time heals. Messi is not stupid. He knows his best moment was on the bench with Guardiola so he might think he needs this guy to get the best out of him.”
With City injecting £ 100million in signing Jack Grealish and stalking Harry Kane, a move to reunite Messi and Guardiola now seems unlikely.
Paris Saint-Germain emerged as the first leader. The club are reportedly looking to fund a move from Messi while Kylian Mbappe and Neymar remain at the club.
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