Lionel Messi transfer news: City odds-on favourites to swoop

Lionel Messi transfer news: City odds-on favourites to swoop

We’re tracking the latest Lionel Messi transfer news, rumours and odds for clues on where the Barcelona superstar could move to this year.

Messi sent shock waves through the football world by asking to leave the Catalan giants before the current window ends, after 731 appearances for the club.

There is some confusion over whether the 33-year-old can leave the Nou Camp for free, with question marks over a clause in his contract due to the extended season.

However, here are the leading contenders to capture his signature before October 6, according to bwin’s Lionel Messi transfer odds:

MAN CITY @ 7/10

A move to the Etihad would bring a reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola. While coaching the Argentina forward at Barca, Guardiola won three La Liga titles and two Champions League trophies during a four-year spell in charge from 2008. City successfully appealed against Financial Fair Play sanctions handed out by UEFA this summer and may also feel able to demonstrate sufficient revenue coming in to justify the outlay on this mouth-watering move.

INTER MILAN @ 9/2

Wealthy Chinese owners helped fund Antonio Conte’s bid for Serie A and Europa League glory, with Romelu Lukaku, Christian Eriksen and Alexis Sanchez among their high-profile recruits. The Nerazzurri made satisfactory progress last season but still had to settle for second best in both of those competitions. Bringing Messi to Milan may make the difference in trying to knock Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus off their perch.

PSG @ 5/1

These clubs have past history of completing mega-rich deals, with Neymar switching from the Nou Camp to PSG in 2017 for £200million. The Brazil ace may even fancy going back in the opposite direction as part of a sensational swap deal. The French aristocrats also splashed the cash on Kylian Mbappe and could see Messi as the final piece of the Champions League puzzle after being beaten finalists this term.

MAN UTD @ 8/1

United have already indicated this summer that they are willing to spend big through their pursuit of Jadon Sancho and the business-minded hierarchy at Old Trafford could see this as a savvier short-term option, with Messi’s arrival sure to spark an influx of cash in shirt sales, other merchandise and sponsorship deals.

JUVENTUS @ 10/1

Fiat founders the Agnelli family pulled off an incredible coup when capturing Ronaldo from Real Madrid and teaming him up with Messi at club level is fantasy football material. More likely, though, would be for Ronaldo to switch elsewhere, with PSG rumoured to be a possible destination, and Messi brought in to adequately fill the void.

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