With the transfer window finally having closed and Lionel Messi definitely seeing out at least one more season at Barcelona, the Catalan club’s fans and directors are breathing a huge sigh of relief.
The situation seemed grim just a few weeks ago, but in a sensational interview with Goal Spain, the Argentine decided to go back on his decision to leave the club following a difficult season, thanks in part to the fact that Barcelona refused to release him from his contract.
The team that was most strongly linked with Messi was Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. However, the relief at the Camp Nou may be short-lived as, according to British news outlet The Athletic, Pep hasn’t thrown in the towel just yet in his attempt to bring the Argentine to Manchester.
Omar Berrada, the chief operating officer at the English club, has spoken to the Athletic and given assurances that the Citizens haven’t forgotten about the Barcelona forward. “If Messi leaves Barcelona and he transfer is up for negotiation, then we will explore that option”, Berrada said.
Berrada also admitted that they would have considered bringing him in this summer if it were possible.
“If it became a real possibility, we would have considered it”, he said. “He’s clearly the best player in the world, so I think that any club would love to have Messi in their team, but it didn’t work out.”
It is clear then that despite Messi stating his commitment to the club in that interview almost two weeks ago, in which he reconciled with fans, the English giants are still very much interested in bringing him to the Premier League if the opportunity arises.
A move to England would reunite Messi with his ex-coach Pep Guardiola, under whom he enjoyed a trophy-laden few years in Barcelona and playing arguably the best football of his career.
Many would-be intrigued to see how the diminutive Argentine would fare in the Premier League, and we may see it happen sooner rather than later.