Lionel Messi has requested the signing of a key Real Madrid play from Manchester City, his likeliest new destination.
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been tipped to leave the club after 20 years in Catalonia. The Argentina international wants to spend the final years of his illustrious career at the very highest level and unfortunately, the Blaugrana are anywhere but at the peak of world football since the last couple of years.
Manchester City seems like an attractive destination for the 33-year-old, where a reunion with Pep Guardiola is very much on the cards. With that said, the duo endured the most successful moments of their respective careers working together for four years and there’s no reason why they can’t do it once again in the Premier League.
Diario GOL has now claimed that Messi wants Real Madrid superstar Isco to join forces with him at the Etihad Stadium. The Spain international is a solid midfielder and will certainly do a great job in England’s top-flight. Isco has won everything possible with the Whites in recent years and more importantly, has fallen down the pecking order lately.
Real Madrid value the former Malaga man at 40 million euros, a price that shouldn’t cause much trouble to the Citizens given the heavy financial backing they receive via an Arabic ownership. However, all things considered, this looks like an unlikely transfer from everyone’s perspectives, at least in this summer’s transfer window.
In the event that Messi joins Guardiola at Manchester City, there’s possibly no chance that the club can land anyone else due to the Financial Fair Play Regulations. The club has to adhere with the latest guidelines after just about escaping the spotlight through a CAS appeal and therefore, from a financial standpoint any arrival for that matter may be difficult.
Zinedine Zidane on the other hand regards Isco very highly. The Frenchman’s inclusions of Isco in the big matches even in the 2019/20 campaign show that he holds the attacking midfielder in good stead, which may prevent his switch to City. Moreover, despite Madrid wanting to raise money, it will be their coach who will give the final word on sales or signings.