Manchester City are looking to sign one of the world’s greatest players this year but have caused a stir with their current best player.
Manchester City could be in for a decisive 2021 as far as their squad is concerned with several players ending their association with the club. The likes of Eric Garcia, Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero are all going to end their respective stays at the Etihad Stadium unless and until new deals are offered to each one of them.
Eric Garcia is already on his way to Barcelona, but there remains little clarity on the futures of Aguero and Fernandinho. Nonetheless, one player who the Citizens are in express negotiations with, is Kevin De Bruyne. The attacking midfielder has been one of the best players in the Premier League since the last few years, which is why the club is keen on tying him down to a longer extension worth five years.
While Fabrizio Romano reported that an agreement between both parties concerned is just a matter of time, Marca now claims that Manchester City are trying to cut corners whilst offering De Bruyne an extension. The Belgian currently has a contract until June 2023, but the club is reducing his wages in the currently offered deal.
City’s reluctance in offering a better contract or at least one on equal par with the current deal comes as a result of their interest in Lionel Messi. The 33-year-old is tipped to depart Barca at the end of the campaign and the Etihad has been touted to be one of his preferred destinations. Manchester City must cut costs if they can afford to pay Messi’s wages and are trying to do so with his potential signing in mind.
Messi is currently on a contract with Barcelona that sees him cash-in on nearly 100 million euros every calendar year. Due to their Arabic backing, City would not find too many obstacles in matching the Argentine’s monetary demands but would look to be cautious especially after escaping Financial Fair Play ramifications in recent months.
For the time being, talks with the ex-Chelsea man, De Bruyne, have been paused as he looks for better monetary terms. With time though, it is expected that both sides will come to a mutual agreement as they are equally keen on being linked for longer. It remains to be seen whether any contract extensions will be offered to Aguero and Fernandinho though, as failure in doing so could force City to fish in the transfer market.