Messi, Guardiola Met Over Possibilities Of Man City Move
New reports emerging from Spain suggest that, Argentine superstar, Lionel Messi desperately wanted to join Manchester City last summer after growing frustrated at the CampNou.
According to TV3’s revelatory documentary ‘Jocs fiscals’, the Argentine maestro phoned Pep Guardiola just days before the former Barca coach assumed the job at Man City and both men reportedly met up in Spain.
It is understood that Messi’s father, Jorge, phoned City’s executive director, Ferran Soriano, on July 6 about the stunning transfer and then four days later Messi reportedly rang Guardiola for a meeting.
Guardiola was reportedly out in his homeland for a family celebration but immediately met up with Messi when he heard of his intention to leave the Catalans, Sun writes.
The documentary claim Messi was apparently distressed at the Nou Camp in the wake of his 21 months in prison for tax fraud, and he also felt “trapped” with the Catalan giants.
Messi’s father is believed to have then called Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu to inform him of the seismic transfer that would see the talismanic no 10 take home around£820,000 per week.
But the president stood his ground, saying he would never allow his talisman to leave the Nou Camp.
Messi, 30, recently signed a massive £500,000 per week deal with Barca keeping him at the club until 2021, and he also agreed to a £221,000 tax fraud fine to keep him out of prison
He scored the first goal as Barca beat Real Madrid 3-2 in the Clasico in Miami to win the International Champions Cup.