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Lionel Messi to Leave Barcelona for Manchester City? Nah.

The Source is The Sun. So...

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Stop me if you heard this one before. Manchester City is willing to pay £100million to Barcelona to buy superstar Lionel Messi.

It’s an old one, but a good one, apparently, as it’s in The Sun again.

We’ve heard it all before. And it hasn’t happened. Is it going to happen? Probably not.

Without going into a rabbit hole, The Sun isn’t going to win any awards from football fans for being reliable... to say the least.

All right, there is some crumbs of logic to base the story around. Lionel Messi is negotiating a contract. Manchester City have a lot of money. A reunion with Pep Guardiola would be good, probably. Pep needs a star striker.

While I suspect City would love to pay that amount for Messi, to the extent someone somewhere may have even floated the idea to someone else somewhere else, the reality is this: everything we’ve heard from everyone in the know at Barcelona is that Messi wants to stay and the club wants him to.

There’s also the issue of Financial Fair Play but who knows how much that would impact the supposed signing.

Still, you’re gonna see a lot of these kinds of rumors every time Messi is pondering a renewal or is having some sort of issue or pouts slightly.

There’s good reason to ignore them.

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