Leonel Messi has been a keen follower of English football for many years. And has strong knowledge of the Premier League. Because two of his closest friends – Sergio Aguero and Cesc Fabregas – have spent so long in England. There’s certainly a huge amount of logic to the idea that he will join Manchester City. Firstly for Pep Guardiola, of course, but also for the key backroom staff of Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain
The fact City is one of the few teams capable of meeting his wage expectations also helps on a football level. Messi knows Guardiola would develop a team framework that allows him to excel – something he has been missing in Barcelona for the past few years.
According to reports in Spain, though, City might face serious competition from nearby, with national television network Cuatro claiming on Tuesday afternoon that Manchester United are making a serious attempt to lure the Argentine. Some supporters may scoff at that notion considering United’s recent reputation for blundering in the transfer market, but consider this: in March, American football team Tampa Bay Buccaneers made major headlines by signing veteran quarterback Tom Brady, one of the greatest players in the sport’s history. Tampa’s owners? The Glazer family.
When they go big, they got really big. Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal may also fancy the idea of launching an audacious bid, and cultural concerns that Messi’s family would struggle to adapt to life in England are lessened by the fact his children already attend a British school on the outskirts of Barcelona