Man City ‘offer Lionel Messi two-year contract’ as he makes Pep Guardiola plea

Manchester City have reportedly offered wantaway Barcelona star Lionel Messi a two-year deal at the Etihad.

Messi wants out of the Nou Camp with Barca having struggled this season, the campaign ending with a humiliating 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.

They were also beaten to the La Liga title by Real Madrid with manager Quique Setien swiftly shown the door at the end of the season.

Six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi also wants to exit having told the club of his intentions and hoping to leave this summer.

RAC Sports claim that City have offered him a two-year deal on the same terms that he has had at the Nou Camp.

Messi has reportedly requested that Guardiola stays as City manager with the Spaniard’s future in doubt.

Former Barca boss Guardiola is out of contract at the Etihad next summer though there have been thoughts that he could exit this summer.

Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano is believed to be leading the negotiations with the Premier League side eager to get a deal done.

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City could need to spend in excess of £200m to secure a deal for Messi but Danny Mills believes that money will be easily recuperated.

“I don’t think money is the huge issue in this,” former City defender Mills told talkSPORT.

“I’ve just done a quick tally – in 2016, he sold two million shirts that year.

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“Let’s say you’re making £40 profit on that shirt, that’s £80m, that’s £1.5m a week. That’s his wages covered.

“He’s only got a year left on his contract, so even if you have to pay £200m, the shirt sales alone probably cover his wages for every year that he’s there, and then a bit more.

“I don’t think money is an issue, it’s whether he wants to leave Barcelona and come to Manchester.”

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