Manchester City are believed to be looking into the prospect of signing Lionel Messi.
Manchester City have been warned that if Lionel Messi joins them from Barcelona, they will have to pay some sort of compensation. That’s according to Liverpool legend Steve Nicol, who believes the Argentine legend will demand his new team pays a fee to the Blaugrana.
Messi’s future is currently unknown after a public spat with Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal.
The 32-year-old responded angrily to quotes from Abidal suggesting players were responsible for Ernesto Valverde’s sacking.
Valverde was fired by Barca in January despite the club leading the La Liga table.
And Abidal told Spanish outlet Diario Sport that he felt there was an internal communication problem at the Nou Camp, which led to the sacking of the boss.
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Messi didn’t take too kindly to that suggestion, however, as he called on Abidal to list the players he felt were at fault.
The spat has led to many Barca fans fearing Messi will exercise the clause in his contract allowing him to become a free agent at the end of the season and move onto a new team.
Manchester City are believed to be closely monitoring the situation, amid reports that the Citizens will make a move for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner at the end of the season.
It has been reported that the back-to-back Premier League champions will give up on all other transfer targets if they believe they can get Messi.
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But fans of the Premier League giants have been warned that if Messi does leave, they won’t be able to get him for nothing.
Nicol explained on ESPN FC that he believes Messi is too loyal to want to leave Barca high and dry.
“It’s very difficult to put yourself in the shoes of Lionel Messi to be honest,” he said.
“Everything that he’s said has been about as honest as it’s possible to get.
“When this guy says he doesn’t want to leave Barcelona, you kind of think this guy is loyal.
“There’s no way this guy is going to walk out the door, and they’ll get nothing.
“I can’t imagine him walking out the door for free, and whoever he goes to not having to pay anything. I don’t think Messi is that type of guy.
“I think Messi knows that if he walks out the door, it’ll cost someone 300 million to replace him, and he knows that.
“I’m not saying any club will turn around and pay that for a guy who is 33, but I think if he does walk, he’ll figure something out with his new team that they’ll [Barcelona] get some sort of compensation.”