City has been linked more than once with Messi due to the presence of coach Pep Guardiola, who had glory years in Barcelona whose hero was the left-handed player.
After reports indicated that Messi wanted to leave Barcelona, City began reviewing his financial position in preparation for making a bid for the Barcelona captain, according to ESPN.
And the latter wrote that City is studying the possibility of contracting Messi without violating the financial fair play regulations.
The value of the penalty clause in the contract of Messi (33 years) 700 million euros. The contract extends to 2021.
Reports said that the Argentine captain does not want to continue with Barcelona, despite the dismissal of coach Quique Setien and the appointment of Ronald Koeman to replace him, who is setting the stage for a revolution in the team’s roster.
Messi was previously linked to Inter Milan, but Italian club officials denied this.
Messi has played in Barcelona since he was 14 years old, crowned the club with 33 titles and became his most successful record throughout history with 634 goals.