City decision opens door for Chelsea to wrap up £600,000-a-week superstar

Manchester City have reportedly decided against making a move for Chelsea target Lionel Messi, La Liga TV presenter Semra Hunter reports.

It is no secret that Messi is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past few months, as his performance levels have dropped and he has constantly been linked with a move to the Premier League.

City have been made the favourites to get a transfer deal done, as Pep Guardiola is the boss of the club, but Chelsea have also been linked with a transfer move, as Roman Abramovic is a massive fan of the Argentine.

Now the Blues have been given a big boost in their chase, as Hunter claims that City are put off by the Barcelona superstar’s age, while the financial side of any potential deal – with Messi’s contract expiring in 2021 – also a concern.

She told Sky Sports: “I have it on good authority from someone close to the situation that Manchester City are not going to bid for Lionel Messi.

“Based on the information I have, as of today, that door is closed.

“They have two reasons for this: age and finances. Talking about age, he is heading into the twilight years of his career and you’ll be bringing on board a Messi that is different to what we’ve seen for the last 17 years with Barcelona. Even he himself has said that he is getting closer to the dreaded r-word of retirement more so than anyone cares to admit.

“That goes hand-in-hand with finances because even though he would be able to join for free, his wages are astronomically high – he is earning about 100m euros-a-year. That would be a huge financial burden for any club to take on, especially given the fact that we are in the middle of a global pandemic.”

It will be very interesting to see just how this plays out…

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