MLS giants LA Galaxy will attempt to lure Barcelona star Lionel Messi to North America this summer, as speculation over the Argentine's long-term future at Camp Nou continues.
The 32-year-old has suffered a very public falling-out with sporting director and former Blaugrana star Eric Abidal, and further reports of discontent and fractured relationships continue to swirl in Catalonia.
Now, Radio Continental report that in the wake of his
And following the recent disputes with chief Abidal, and the lack of activity in the January transfer window, Messi does appear to be disillusioned with the state of the team to whom he has given his entire career.
This open discontent has provided hope to Galaxy that they can fill the gaping hole left by the departed Zlatan Ibrahimovic by recruiting the Argentina international in the summer
Barça sit only one point behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid, but both teams have suffered disappointing slumps throughout the campaign.
The Spanish champions are also desperate to lift the Champions League, and they'll be keen to make amends for their recent failings, having exited in humiliating circumstances in the last two seasons.
Barça racked up three-goal advantages in home ties with both Liverpool and AS Roma, but Messi's men succumbed to shocking collapses in the reverse fixtures. Quique Setién, who succeeded Ernesto Valverde as manager, is now tasked with ensuring history does not repeat itself.