The Daily Star pointed out that Barcelona are facing a serious economic crisis, and the possibility of a contract extension with Messi is very low. In this case, city believe Barcelona could put Messi on the transfer market in the winter in exchange for cash to avoid the Argentinians free transfer next summer. Given that Messi will be free to join in the summer, city are only willing to pay a half year fee of 15 million pounds for Messi.
15 million for Macy? This report in the Daily Star is like a cold joke. Barcelonas vice president in charge of finance has made it clear that the red and blue have never considered using Messi for cash to survive the economic crisis. Whats more, Barcelona cant release the Argentines in winter. Although Barcelonas strength has been greatly reduced, but the senior management definitely will not completely rebuild and give up this season in winter.
If Messi refuses to renew his contract with Barcelona, Manchester City will be the most likely team to join him in the next summer. But the premise is that Guardiola did not leave the blue moon. Messis possibility of extending his contract to Barcelona is not out of the question. The premise is that Laporta, Xavi and other people he likes will become the new president and coach of Barcelona.