Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola reportedly spoke to Lionel Messi just days before the Barcelona captain sent a burofax to the club informing them that he wants to leave.

The news about Messi broke on Tuesday evening and caused shock waves around the world.

Catalan radio station El Club de la Mitjanit reported the call was made and, according to journalist Xavi Campos, Messi sounded Guardiola out over Manchester City’s possible interest in signing him and told him about his situation at Barcelona.

Guardiola would be delighted to have Messi at Manchester City and the English club may have 300 million euros in their transfer fund.

Manchester City, Inter and Paris Saint-Germain are the clubs capable of paying the player’s 50 million euro annual salary.


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