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‘Manchester City wanted last year to 755 million euro for Lionel Messi’

About a year ago Manchester City are in advanced negotiations about a transfer of Lionel Messi, writes the Spanish newspaper El Mundo. A deal was eventually not and the Argentinian signed a new contract with FC Barcelona.

Lionel Messi © Daisuke Nakashima/AFLO

According to the data obtained by El Mundo said, were with the negotiations hallucinatory amounts involved.

So was Manchester City prepared to then opstapclausule of 250 million euros in the contract of Messi to pay the player a salary of € 250 million net over five seasons to offer and Messi’s father and manager Jorge a premium of 50 million euros to his son to convince to make the transition to the English Premier League.

Including taxes, that would be Manchester City, owned by the wealthy SheikhMansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan in a total of 755 million euros, have cost, according to El Mundo.

Catalan crisis

The negotiations occurred between december 2016 and december 2017 and were conducted by the CEO of Manchester City and former vice president of FC Barcelona , Ferran Soriano and Jorge Messi.

Still according to the newspaper was a transition really in the making in the autumn of last year, partly as a result of the political crisis in Catalonia after the referendum of 1 October. The Messi’s feared that in a possible independence of Catalonia, FC Barcelona punished with exclusion from the Spanish Primera Division and the European top leagues.

Finally signed Messi after a long lasting yet a new contract with FC Barcelona, with an improved net annual salary of 35 million euros and increased afkoopclausule of 700 million euros.

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