Lionel Messi’s comments on Man Utd transfer as ‘contract offer lodged’

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Lionel Messi’s comments on Man Utd transfer as ‘contract offer lodged’

Barcelona icon Lionel Messi is currently a free agent. He won’t be staying at the Nou Camp, with Joan Laporta affirming the situation in a press conference on Friday.

And it’s been alleged Manchester United have lodged a formal deal offer to the Argentina international, notwithstanding Paris Saint-Germain being frontrunners.

Ian McGarry while speaking on Reach PLC’s Transfer Window podcast claimed United had submitted a contract offer to Messi’s entourage.

He said:
“Paris Saint-Germain are in pole position with regards to securing Messi’s signature and are offering him a contract of around £63.5m (€75m) gross over two years, and then allowing him to leave for free.

“As we know, he has an ambition to play Major League Soccer in America and that would be something he would obviously be attracted to.

“However, Manchester United are also putting themselves in the frame.

“They don’t believe right now that they are as strong a candidate as PSG with regards to the player’s signature.

“However, terms have been spoken about with Messi’s representatives with regards to a contract, which would reach to around £42m (€50m) gross in terms of salary.


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“And obviously there would be agent’s fees to his father Jorge as well as the signing-on fee and salary, which will be regarded in terms of Messi’s obvious worth and value in world football but also of course the commercial value of having Messi on your team can generate.

“I wonder if Manchester United might actually be a credible and more effective challenge for Leo Messi the player, rather than it being about the money.”

And Messi has previously cleared up on interest from United.

When he was 20, the forward was being linked with a move to Sir Alex Ferguson’s team amid skepticism over his Barcelona future at the time.

And he addressed the speculation by maintaining he was happy at the Nou Camp, saying: ”I’m happy in Barcelona. Why wouldn’t I be?

“I’ve realised my dream. It’s the best club in the world with the best players.

“My family are happy here; they like it.”

Carlos Tevez was playing for United at the time, which perhaps reveals why the rumors arose in the first place.

And Messi said:
“I know. He likes it there. I’m not surprised he’s done well.

“Imagine if Saviola played with them. Three bulls!”

United, certainly, didn’t sign Messi in the end.

But they could do now, particularly with PSG yet to agree a deal for the 34-year-old as he weighs up his next move.

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Lionel Messi’s comments on Man Utd transfer as ‘contract offer lodged’

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