English side, Manchester City are reportedly watching Barcelona star player, Lionel Messi closely.
Lionel Messi’s recent feud with Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal has seen Manchester City begin monitoring the situation in hopes of a shock transfer, reports ESPN.
The Argentina star reportedly may have a clause in his contract which would allow him to leave for free at season’s end with his current deal with the Catalans lasting until 2021.
Manchester City believe they would be favourites to land Messi should he decide to leave Camp Nou due to his strong relationship with the club’s hierarchy, including manager Pep Guardiola.
The reigning Premier League giants are also one of the few clubs in the world that could match his current wages that exceed £50 million (€59m/$64m) a year.