Manchester City have reportedly told Barcelona that they are willing to pay more than the £89million world record transfer fee to bring in Lionel Messi to Etihad stadium.
According to a report on Sun Sport, negotiations between executives of both clubs were held at the end of last month to determine if a new world record transfer is possible.
Although it was gathered that Man City did not make a formal bid for Messi, executives of the club are willing to pay £100million to sign the five-time World Player of the Year.
On the other hand, Barcelona have refused to name a price or even confirm they will sell Messi, who will turn 30 in June.
However, their willingness to hold a meeting with Man City has encouraged the Etihad hierarchy, as the conversation was described as ‘positive’ by a source.
Last summer, it was reported that City had told Messi’s advisors they were willing to give him £800,000 a week.
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Months after, Messi’s camp claimed that the Argentine was recently offered £850k a week to move to China.
But with the Argentine watching the Catalan club hand huge new deals to Luis Suarez, Neymar and conceding they cannot afford the kind of contract to him, he might as well be considering a move to Man City.