Champions preparing ambitious bid for Barcelona star.
Manchester City could be set to launch a stunning £128m bid to sign Barcelona forward Lionel Messi next summer, according to CaughtOffside.
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The Premier League champions want to beat their rivals Chelsea to the Argentine’s signature, with recent rumours that the Blues were ready to try again to sign him next summer after failing with an £118m bid this year.
It remains to be seen if even this staggering fee will be enough to persuade Barca to sell the 27-year-old, who has been widely regarded as one of the best players of all time in recent seasons.
City will no doubt have to sell players to help fund this move in accordance with Financial Fair Play rules, but are understood to be determined to land this world class attacker for what would be a world-record price.