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Report: Lionel Messi Chooses Manchester City as Preferred Transfer Destination

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2020

Barcelona???s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side???s second goal during the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between Barcelona and Napoli at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
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Lionel Messi reportedly wants to spend next season at Manchester City after moving on from Barcelona, according to Marcelo Bechler:

Marcelo Bechler @marcelobechler

Messi quer jogar no Manchester City. Trata a saída do Barcelona como algo que dói na alma, mas o fim de um ciclo https://t.co/FVMPDvB7Go

Bechler had reported earlier this month Messi wanted to leave Barcelona, which was confirmed by the club Tuesday, per Moises Llorens and Sam Marsden of ESPN.

According to Rodrigo Faez and Moises Llorens of ESPN, the superstar spoke with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on the phone last week to discuss a potential move to the Premier League club.

Messi had played for Guardiola from 2008-12, combining to win two Champions League titles in that stretch.

Guardiola has won two Premier League championships with Manchester City, finishing second in the league to Liverpool this year. Adding Messi could make the team a favorite to win the Premier League again as well as contend for a Champions League title.

With Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and others, this could be the top attack in the world in 2020-21.

Messi has already won six Ballon d'Or trophies as the best player in the world and he remains an elite playmaker, finishing this season with 25 goals and 21 assists in La Liga.

Llorens and Faez reported Manchester City had already been "crunching the numbers" to see if they can sign Messi without breaking the Financial Fair Play rules. If the money works out, it appears to be an ideal match for everyone involved.

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