- Lionel Messi is reluctant to extend his stay at Barcelona
- The Argentine could be on the verge of rejoining former manager Pep Guardiola at Man City
- Messi and Gaurdiola worked for three seasons and they won numerous trophies together
Lionel Messi could be on his way to the blue side of Manchester as his contract stand off with Barcelona continues.
The Argentine ace is yet to sign a new deal with the La Liga club, having been in negotiations for 18 months, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the season.
The five times Ballon D'or winner dragged his national team to the World Cup finals in Russia with a scintillating display against Ecuador in the last game of the CONMEBOL qualifiers.
The 30-year-old is reported to have confided with international teammates while away from Spain and is said to be torn between staying in Catalonia or linking up with former boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad, according to The Sun.
Messi's contract situation means he could sign a pre-contract with City in January and join the club in July ahead of next season, and there are reports that officials from the Etihad have met with the player's representatives on several occasions.
A deal for Messi to make the switch would allegedly involve a £40million signing-on fee and wages of £500,000-a-week over the course of a five-year contract.