United thought they were in with a chance of landing the Argentinian’s Barca sidekick Andres Iniesta last week and he was promptly offered a substantial pay rise to ensure he stays at the Nou Camp.
If Barcelona fear Messi, who is just 26-years-old and yet to hit his prime, is about to jump ship they will do everything in their power to make sure their star name remains where he is.
Ladbrokes have opened a market on which club will be the multiple Ballon d’Or winner’s next destination and offer 5/1 he signs for City.
It is 10/1 Messi moves to Paris St-Germain, 20/1 he switches to Manchester United or Chelsea and a hugely 33/1 he joins Real Madrid.
Manchester City Fixtures
Sunday November 2413:30 Premier LeagueManchester City v Tottenham
Wednesday November 2719:45 Champions League - Group DManchester City v Plzen
Sunday December 116:10 Premier LeagueManchester City v Swansea City
Wednesday December 420:00 Premier LeagueWest Brom v Manchester City
Saturday December 715:00Premier LeagueSouthampton v Manchester City
Source: Manchester City MAD