Man City reportedly readying €400m bid for Leo Messi

Barcelona Luis Suarez Lionel Messi Real Madrid

Barcelona Luis Suarez Lionel Messi Real Madrid

Barcelona announced back in July that a deal had been agreed to extend Messi's contract into 2021, but the five-time Ballon d'Or victor has still failed to actually put pen to paper on the contract - leaving open the possibility that he leaves the Catalan giants for another club on the cheap.relatively speaking. But that is yet to materialize, and the 30-year-old's current deal expires on June 30, meaning Messi could leave the club for free next summer.

Sources close to the Premier League club reveal that "serious conversations have been held with the footballer's inner circle", although that has not been confirmed.

And according to Spanish newspaper AS, Manchester City are waiting for just one sign that Messi is ready to move and have "everything ready" to complete a €400million deal for a man widely considered to be football's greatest ever. That would see the world transfer record nearly quadruple in just six months.

No Lionel Messi at the World Cup?

In August, Paris Saint-Germain activated the release clause in Neymar's contract, paying Barcelona £199 million for the Brazilian forward.

Amid this uncertainty, Manchester City remain open to anything.

Madrid star Ronaldo, who beat Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to the award last year, is expected to be announced among the nominees later on Monday after helping Madrid to a third Champions League crown in four seasons and a first La Liga title in five years, as well as the FIFA Club World Cup.

Manchester City's hope over Messi, and therefore Barcelona's worry, is the time it's taking to rubber stamp his contract renewal.

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