Manchester City Planning £15m Move for Lionel Messi During January Transfer Window

Lionel Messi
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Manchester City will reportedly consider making a move for FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi during the January transfer window.

City were the favourites to sign Messi last summer before he eventually decided to remain at the Catalan outfit. Messi will be in a position to leave the club for free next summer, when his contract expires. If he decides to leave the club, he will surely attract interest from a number of clubs, including City.

However, City could make a move for the Argentine even before next summer. According to Daily Star, the Cityzens could offer Barcelona £15m in the January transfer window, which would likely put them ahead of the race for the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

However, it remains to be seen what Messi decides regarding his future. Only time will tell what he decides: whether to extend his contract with the club or leave for free at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Messi's focus now will be on helping Barcelona in the 20-21 campaign. The Catalans succumbed to their first defeat of the new season in their recent fixture, as Getafe inflicted a 1-0 defeat in the league match. Barca had the change to go top of the points table with a win against Getafe, but the defeat sees them sit ninth in the points table.