Manchester City are contemplating offering Barcelona just £15 million (€16m/$19m) to land Lionel Messi in January, reports the Daily Star.
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Messi is expected to leave Camp Nou for free at season’s end and City may look to land the Argentina star early by offering cash-strapped Barca a small fee.
Meanwhile, Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has accepted Messi will leave the club for Manchester City next year, claims the Mirror.
Messi was close to forcing through a transfer this season before agreeing to remain at Camp Nou despite strong interest from Pep Guardiola’s side.
A move to Manchester now looks like it will happen next season with Barcelona reportedly resigned to the transfer happening eventually.