Manchester City are in a good financial position and will attempt to sign Lionel Messi next summer if the attacker would still be open for a away from the Camp Nou, the club’s chief operating officer says.
Messi had wanted to leave Barcelona at the end of last season for free and reunite with his former boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.
But the six-time Ballon D’or winner got into contract dispute with the club he joined as a teenager from Argentina and had no option but to stay
City missed out on the Barcelona forward but club chief Omar Berrada says the club will be ready to cash in on the attacker next summer once he allows his contract at the Camp Nou to expire.
Speaking to Manchester Evening News, Omar Berrada said: “He’s the best player in the world, he’s the best player of his generation. I think any club in the world would like to explore the possibility of him joining their team.
“He’d probably an exception to potential investments that we’d do, but our planning has been done with this squad and it is being considered with the current opportunities that we have.
“For every single position we have to be prepared because there can be so many things that can happen but, at the same time, I think we have the financial strength and system ability to make that investment when required.”