Spanish football expert Graham Hunter believes that Manchester City would go ‘hell for leather’ to sign Barcelona stalwart Lionel Messi in case Pep Guardiola leaves the Etihad.
Messi came through the Barcelona youth systems and moved on to commit his entire professional career to the Catalan giants, registering over 720 appearances for his boyhood club.
The 33-year-old Argentinean has become a symbol of Barcelona, whom he helped bring to prominence, lifting 34 major trophies, including ten La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns.
However, Messi has yet to overcome his bust-up with the Blaugrana hierarchy, with his unhappiness at the Camp Nou continuing to grow as Barcelona struggle to challenge Real Madrid for the league title.
Arguably one of the best players of all time has one year left on his contract and could leave Catalonia at the end of the 2020/21 season recent reports said.
Manchester City are keeping close tabs on the Argentinean wizard for quite a while now, and the Spanish football expert, Graham Hunter, thinks the Argentina captain could be on his way to the Premier League soon.
“If the ownership has the idea of taking a 34-year-old Leo Messi, still in prime condition, one year after his final Ballon d’Or if he doesn’t win it again this season,” he told talkSPORT.
“I think Guardiola has doubts about how well Messi will work in the system because of the level of pressure and work off the ball.
“He’s allowed to do what he wants at Barcelona, but if Guardiola moved on and Messi was free in a year’s time, Man City’s ownership would go hell for leather to sign him.”