Lionel Messi Might Not Be Joining Manchester City…. Hunter
According to Spanish football reporter Semra Hunter Manchester City have reportedly ended their pursuit of Barcelona forward and club captain Lionel Messi. City were the favorites to sign Messi last summer as he demanded to leave Camp Nou during a bitter contract dispute, which culminated with the 33-year-old reluctantly staying put with the Catalans.
The Argentine international’s Barça contract will expire at the end of the season, making him free to negotiate with other clubs from January and appearing to make a reunion with former manager Pep Guardiola all the more likely. However, the Premier League club are no longer interested in signing the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, says Hunter, with his age and €100m-a-year wages (£89m) thought to be a deal breaker for City.