Lionel Messi has possibly played his final game for Barcelona as the latest reports have it that the Argentine star has agreed on personal terms with Premier League club Manchester City.
According to UK outlet Daily Record, the Argentine captain has agreed to move to the Etihad Stadium in a deal worth €700million (£623million) with the City Football Group – the same amount as his release clause.
The embattled Barcelona star was said to have agreed to the financial terms over five years that will see him under the employ of the City Football Group.
It stipulates that Messi will play at Premier League club Manchester City for three years and then another two years at Major League Soccer side, New York City F, C also a franchisee of the City Football Group.
It will also enable the group’s Abu Dhabi ownership to employ the multiple Ballon d’Or winners as they have wanted him since buying into European football 12 years ago.
Reports also say that Messi will also be given an equity stake in the group as part of his compensation package.
If the deal is completed, it will see the superstar become the highest-paid man in the history of football.
However, the €700million (£623million) release clause Barcelona is demanding before the player leaves are now being negotiated
According to bookies, the Paris Saint Germain star who once shared the same dressing room with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner could return to the club as Messi looks to leave.
The Sun is reporting that Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, as well as Manchester United target Jadon Sancho, are also possible stars who could move to the club.