A month back when the transfer window was open, Barcelona star and captain Lionel Messi expressed his wish to leave the club to move elsewhere. He was unhappy with the board and the management as he put forward his condition to stay at the club. The Argentine wanted the current board to retire otherwise he will approach the exit door. However, President Bartomeu did not agree to his terms, and the Messi transfer saga accelerated with rumours of being linked to different clubs across Europe.
The Messi transfer saga from Barcelona and Manchester City possibility
There were a lot of possibilities with interest from Serie A side Inter Milan as Messi could have joined Cristiano Ronaldo in Serie A. The most prominent transfer rumor regarding Messi was a move to the English Premier League side Manchester City. With Pep Guardiola as the coach, the chances were high as Messi flourished under the Spanish manager during his time at Barcelona. The duo went in for a trophy haul as Barcelona snapped up 6 trophies in a single season.
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Had not Barcelona chief Josep Maria Bartomeu blocked every way to exit the club, Messi would have joined the Manchester outfit. Pep did not play down the rumors then with the hopes that Leo could leave Camp Nou in the transfer window. The English side also had enough money to complete the transfer deal but it did not happen. Recently, SI reported Kevin De Bruyne’s perspective if Messi can complete his transfer. The Belgian midfielder was unmoved by the speculation and rumor mill which ran around the 6 time-Balon D’or winner.
Kevin De Bruyne: Focused on his own game
He said that he did not care whether or not Lionel Messi makes it to Manchester City. The PFA player of the year believes there are enough quality players at the club who love the game of football with whom he enjoys playing. De Bruyne laid down a similar response towards the same question a few weeks ago. The midfield maestro is concentrating on his own game and trying to better himself as they failed to compete against Liverpool and lost the league title. Kevin expects Manchester City to come back stronger as they want a consolidated campaign, especially in the Champions League. On the other hand, Lionel Messi has called it truce with the club board but Bartomeu has not yet left his position.