Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been left frustrated after the humiliating defeat against Bayern Munich with three clubs ready to offer an escape.
Lionel Messi has offered a lot to football club Barcelona and is regarded by many as the reason for the club’s success in recent years. Things, sadly, have changed at Camp Nou especially after the historic 8-2 defeat to Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich.
After being repeatedly trashed out of the Champions League since 2016, the club have finally decided that there is a need for a major overhaul not only involving the players but even the management. Barca president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has sacked coach Quique Setien and appointed former player, Ronald Koeman, who will look to rejuvenate the squad with his Cruyffian philosophy.
Meanwhile, the board have also sacked sporting director Eric Abidal and have promoted his assistant, Ramon Planes, as the new technical director. Both Koeman and Planes will look to resolve the club’s sporting and economic crisis while also hoping to secure reinforcements after selling multiple struggling footballers.
The Dutch international has a tough few weeks ahead as he will attempt to rebuild the club. His job could potentially be made a lot difficult if one major element of the squad decides to leave next year. Messi has voiced his concerns regarding the downfall of the club, especially due to Bartomeu. While many believe the Argentine maestro will not be leaving the club and the exit rumors are purely to push Bartomeu out, many European elites have decided to use this chaos for their own benefit.
Mainly three clubs are looking to push hard for the signing of Leo this transfer window with the favorites being Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. The major issue any club would face is paying his expensive salary of 40 million euros per year.
While there are close to six clubs capable of paying such an amount, only 3 have been named as realistic destinations, Serie A giants Inter Milan, Premier League’s Manchester City and French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
The appeal of PSG is in the hands of Neymar as the reunion in Paris not only promises a reunion with an old friend but a chance to play alongside one of the best teams in the world. The only issue the Parisiens will face is managing the expensive contracts of Neymar, Messi, and Kylian Mbappe, along with many others.
For that reason, Manchester City remains the most likely as the obvious appeal is the reunion with Guardiola who has struggled to get a Champions League without the Argentine. After surprisingly losing to Lyon, Pep will have to reevaluate his days in the Premier League. Leo’s arrival will definitely bolster an already strong City side.
Lastly, a strong contender yet the most unlikely seems to be Inter Milan, who are linked with receiving massive investment from China, and Messi’s transfer to the Italian side will definitely be the biggest statement to make in world football.
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