Nov. 28, 2015
Guardiola AND Messi To Man City...???!!! Sure... Why Not...
Since the rumors about a Ronaldo return to Manchester United have cropped up again- with Sir Alex Ferguson being the guy behind the behind-the-scenes talks to bring the striker back to Old Trafford, what's another cross-town rumor to get everyone in a lather all over again...
Pep Guardiola is being courted by management at Manchester City to take over for Manuel Pellegrini because, well, the front office isn't happy with the lack of international trophies not currently hanging at the Etihad.
So, here's how this happens... even as Pellegrini didn't want to talk about a player like Messi but talked about him anyway at his presser today:
"I don't talk about rumours. Every manager in the world would like Lionel Messi.
"But I never talk about rumours. It is a rumour that we have had for the last two-and-a-half seasons here. There is not a problem about that."
Guardiola, who cancelled his Bayern Munich presser Friday, is "rumored" to be unhappy in Germany. Guardiola, then, moves to Man City where he waits for a year for Messi. Former Barcelona GM Ferran Soriano is City's CEO, and Txiki Begiristain is director of football having done the same job at Barca. They're both tight with Messi's dad.
And, then, there's the tax issues and the idea that Barca are putting a priority on signing Neymar and Luis Suarez first and Messi third in that order. The contract would be for close to 40-million pounds a season as his Barca deal ends in 2018.
The Barca superstar would pocket around £32m for playing with the rest paid in image rights and bonuses.
City have been given encouragement that Messi is willing to end his time in Spain after 11 years — where his current £500,000-a-week deal ends in 2018.
And despite a buy-out clause of £250m, the Spanish champions are believed to be open to offers at a more realistic £120m for the four-time Ballon D’Or winner.
Oh, there's a game to be played this weekend by Manchester City with Pellegrini and without Messi. They get pesky Southampton and manager Ronald Koemen knows he has his hands full...
((HT: Matchday Centre UK))