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Man City trying to figure out if they can afford Lionel Messi - report

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The Citizens are busy doing sums

FBL-EUR-C1-BARCELONA-BAYERN MUNICH Photo by RAFAEL MARCHANTE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Manchester City are reportedly busy trying to figure out if they can afford to sign Barcelona captain Lionel Messi.

According to ESPN, Pep Guardiola’s side are “crunching the numbers” to see if there’s any chance they can land the Argentine without breaking FFP rules.

Obviously City have a bit of previous when it comes to FFP but are still “seriously looking into the costs” of landing Messi.

The report doesn’t mention how much Messi might cost and reckon Barca aren’t willing to name a price yet. They want to see if “his desire to leave disappears or if he takes it public.”

The 33-year-old hasn’t said a word publicly said Barcelona’s Champions League thrashing by Bayern but is said to be angry and considering his future.

Messi is still on holiday, along with the rest of the first team, but they are due back on Sunday before pre-season training begins on Monday.