The English sports press published different covers on Monday alluding to the possible arrival of Lionel Messi al Manchester City, a transfer that would mean “ the best contract of history“for a footballer in the Premier League, while also highlighting the reunion of the Argentine star with the Catalan coach Josep Guardiola at the British club.
“Bring Messi and keep Pep,” demands on its front page the Sunday Express newspaper asking Manchester City to complete the operation to hire the Barcelona captain.
The British newspaper baptizes the possible agreement as “the best contract in history”, as reflected today by the daily Sport de Barcelona.
The data that was added in the last hours is that of the amounts that the Rosario star would charge in the club that is owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahayan. As anticipated by the Catalan newspaper Sport, Manchester City would shell out about 100 million euros gross per year between salary and taxes. This is a similar figure to the one currently handled by Barcelona, whose current contract with Messi expires in mid-2021.
For its part, Sport Star ensures that the ‘Citizens’ are close to joining Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi with long-term contracts, which triggers the title “Double trouble” due to the financial difficulty it represents.
“Be that as it may, City is waiting to confirm the green light to try to sign the Argentine. For the moment, despite Messi’s will to leave FC Barcelona being confirmed, his departure is paralyzed due to different interpretations in the clause of his contract “, completes the English newspaper.
Meanwhile, the team’s coach, Josep Guardiola, returned to England today, having been in the city of Barcelona just after the Argentine star announced his wish not to continue with the Catalan club.
“Pep” Guardiola, 49, returned to the English city of Manchester accompanied by his field assistant, Juan Manuel Lillo, according to the newspaper Mundo Deportivo.
Guardiola’s presence in Barcelona drew attention for several days due to Manchester City’s interest in hiring the Rosario star to be part of their ranks as of next season.
As it transpired in the Spanish media, Guardiola and Messi had a telephone contact before sending the burofax by the Argentine footballer to Barcelona, in which he expressed his decision to leave the “culé” club.