Rumors that connect Manchester City with a sensational transfer continue to rumble on for Lionel Messi. Messi’s contract at Barcelona is due to expire in June 2021, so naturally, his future has been subjecting to fierce speculation in recent months.
There will be nothing the Barcelona leadership will do to keep him from embarking on a new chapter after his deal runs its course this summer, however.
Just a very small few clubs are expected to have the financial potential for Messi, who is priced by Transfermarkt at £ 72m, to fund an arrangement, even with the fact that he will be eligible for a free transfer in 2021.
Reports linking Messi with a move to the Etihad Stadium once again surfaced on Thursday evening, with The Sun claiming that City were prepared to offer a package worth £433m over five years.
Sky Sports have since confirmed that spokespeople representing both City and Messi have denied that any offers have been made, but the speculation has re-ignited conversations about his next destination.
While speaking to talkSPORT, Sinclair cited Messi’s relationship with Pep Guardiola as a reason to suggest that a reunion is on the cards.
“Him and Pep have a relationship, Pep knows how to get the best out of him,” Sinclair said.
“He’s just a phenomenal player. You look at his numbers in the Champions League and he’s right up there with the best in the world.”
And Sinclair concluded by backing City to make the deal happen in the summer of 2021.
“Listen, I can’t see it not happening. I feel in the summer of 2021 Lionel Messi is going to sign for Manchester City.”