Manchester City have reportedly held positive talks with Barcelona over a sensational £100million transfer move for Lionel Messi.
The Argentine is a long-term target for City, particularly under new manager Pep Guardiola, who worked with the player during his four years as Barca boss.
City lost 4-0 at Everton this weekend and are badly struggling under Guardiola this season as he fails to replicate the success he enjoyed in Spain and Germany in the Premier League.
A marquee signing such as Messi would certainly go some way to helping City turn things around, with the 29-year-old long regarded as the best footballer on the planet.
City believe their manager’s personal relationship with Messi could help them land him in a world-record transfer deal after sounding out the Catalan giants over a deal.
According to The Sun, City made it clear they would be ready to top the current world record £89million that Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba last summer in order to bring Messi to the Etihad Stadium.
Discussions took place at the end of last month and a club source supposedly described the meeting as ‘positive’, with Barcelona willing to listen to City’s proposition.