Man City create 10-year Lionel Messi transfer plan and more rumours

Manchester City have created a ten-year plan for Lionel Messi ahead of a potential move to land the superstar from Barcelona, according to reports.

The serial Ballon D’Or winner endured a high-profile fallout with the club’s hierarchy in the summer, where he handed in a transfer request.

While he eventually stayed put at the Nou Camp, Messi is widely expected to leave at the end of the season when his current deal expires.

City have regularly been touted for a swoop for the 33-year-old, which would see him reunite with Pep Guardiola, and the Times reports a ten-year plan has been crafted.

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It’s stated that City’s plan for a transfer, which they would be able to discuss with Messi‘s entourage from the New Year with a pre-contract agreement, could include taking the superstar to the United States in the future.

A move to the MLS to join New York City FC is said to be on the cards, while he could also have the opportunity to play in Japan or Australia.

Furthermore, it’s added that Messi would be offered an ambassadorial role with the City Football Group (CFG) when he hangs up his boots and brings an end to his career.

Elsewhere, AS reports that Real Madrid are yet to receive any offers for midfielder Isco despite continued links with a move to the Premier League.

The Spain international is reported to have told the club’s hierarchy that he intends to leave, with Manchester City and Arsenal touted as potential suitors.

However, the latest report states that no offers have been forthcoming for the Los Blancos’ academy graduate, who has a lofty release clause of £700m.

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Manchester City resumed their Premier League campaign this weekend with a trip to London to play Tottenham Hotspur but left deflated after a 2-0 loss.

The Blues will be hoping to return to winning ways in the the Champions League on Wednesday as they travel to Greece to play Olympiacos.

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Isco’s current contract is due to expire in 2022 and he is around 18 months off being able to start discussing a free transfer.

However, with the European Championships at the end of the season and the 2022 World Cup swiftly following, he may seek an immediate exit to maximise his playing opportunities.

La Liga outfit Sevilla are said to be admirers of the midfielder but would likely only be able to finance a loan deal, something Real are reluctant to agree to.

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