Messi linked with Man City
The transfer saga of the summer, of course, involved Lionel Messi.
The Argentine, on the back of another disappointing Champions League campaign, set his sights on departing Barcelona by making use of a clause in his contract.
Prior to this statement, though, Messi was, obviously, linked with some high-profile clubs.
The likes of Inter Milan, PSG and Manchester City were all tipped to move for the Argentine over the summer.
De Bruyne on Messi joining Man City
It was the latter of the aforementioned trio, however, who were by far most persistently linked with Messi.
When all was said and done, though, City of course didn’t manage to reunite the 6-time Ballon d’Or winner with former boss Pep Guardiola.
Nevertheless, Messi is now in the final year of his Barcelona contract, and will be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs come January.
Manchester City’s Chief Operating Officer Omar Berrada, meanwhile, moved to reignite his club’s links with the 33-year-old this week, by stating that he believes the Sky Blues possess the financial strength to land Messi.
And now, speaking prior to Belgium’s clash with England on Sunday, Kevin De Bruyne has also been drawn on the possibility of linking up with the Barca talisman at the Etihad.
The midfielder, however, was keen to play down such speculation, assuring that he ‘doesn’t really care’ if Messi arrives or not:
“I don’t really care to be honest.
“If he comes, it’s a good thing, if he doesn’t there is enough good players at the club who I enjoy playing with, so that is not for now.”
Kevin De Bruyne is unmoved by rumours Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona and join him at Manchester City.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 10, 2020
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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