El Confidencial: City to meet Messi’s buyout clause?
- 07 March 2014 07:20
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
There’s nowhere else to start today’s media round-up than with reports emanating from Spain, once again linking Lionel Messi with a move to the Etihad Stadium.
The four-time Ballon D’or winner has been rumoured to be a transfer target since the summer and El Confidencial journalist Jose Felix Diaz believes that City could meet the eye-watering reported €200m buyout clause in the Argentine’s contract.
As Diaz writes, it would then be up to Messi and his advisors as to whether they wish to enter into negotiations with City.
Cue much more excitement and speculation when fans discovered that Lionel follows the official City Instagram account…
Why wouldn’t he though? Considering our sublime match arrival videos, our incredible pic of the day feature – oh, and the fact that his best mate works here – heck, you should be following too!
So Messi followed city's instagram such a tease now watch him friend zone us— ManCityArmy1894 (@ManCityArmy1894) March 6, 2014
If it’s good enough for Leo…
Considering Messi said in January that he wanted to end his career at Barcelona, it's perhaps best not to get too carried away.
That’s about all there is on that one… don’t shoot the messenger and remember that all transfer stories, big and small, will be confirmed first here on mcfc.co.uk this summer.
Staying in Barcelona, Andres Iniesta has been talking about the upcoming second leg at the Camp Nou.
Los Blaugrana are 2-0 up on City going into the home leg but the Spanish international has warned that they will have to play a perfect game to finish the job and put Manuel Pellegrini’s men out of the competition.
“We still have 90 tough minutes to play against a very difficult rival, who have very good players,” Iniesta is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail (presumably with a wagging finger).
“We don’t want to have any surprises or get scared so we have to play practically a perfect game.
“It’s difficult to avoid thinking that we are almost there (into the quarter finals) because you know that the contender you have in front of you.
"In football, it’s not over until it’s over."
“We have to put all our senses in playing in an extraordinary game with the focus on making a minimum of mistakes and hope of being able to make it in the next round.”
Feel free to make just a couple of mistakes, Andres…
Of course there is a game coming up before then –, Championship Manager of the Month Uwe Rosler is bringing his Wigan Athletic to the Etihad in the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday afternoon.
However, it’s a bit of a Barcelona special in the papers this morning, with the Blues also being linked with Dani Alves, who according to the Express, could be a player the Catalans are willing to part with.
“Reports in Spain suggest that Barca are aware that now is the last chance to really cash in on the Brazilian defender as he enters the final year of his contract,” Ben Jefferson writes.
“However, the Catalan club remains concerned that they may struggle to find a suitor for the 30-year-old given his substantial wage demands.
“Arsenal have been linked with a move for Alves in the past and could well be in the market for a new right-back if Bacary Sagna leaves on a free transfer at the end of the season.
“Chelsea and Manchester City are also clubs that have expressed an interest in Alves in the past and are unlikely to be deterred by the player's financial demands.”
That’s all for today – we’ll have all manner of Wigan Athletic preview content on the site today, including the manager’s press conference, Rewind, Golden Goals… and maybe even a little special treat…
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