Manchester City start Lionel Messi war with mega triple swap-plus-cash deal, as Reds gun is pulled into drama
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Manchester City leads the race for Lionel Messi and is prepared to offer Barcelona a money-plus-three-player mega deal to secure his services.
Sky Sports has been told that both Messi and Pep Guardiola want to make a dream reunion to happen, making City the frontrunner for the Argentine's signature over Euro giants Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan.

To make it happen, City is willing to offer £89.5 million (A$163 million) plus Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus and Eric Garcia, according to Sportsmail.

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The publication reports that Guardiola and Messi have had phone conversations about the potential move and how Messi could settle in England and learn English after living in Spain for 20 years.

Nonetheless, Messi still faces a fight with Barcelona over his exorbitant release clause worth more than $1bn, which no club is likely to pay.

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City also has stiff competition on the other side of the channel with Neymar reportedly encouraging PSG to sign his former Barcelona teammate.

Like Messi in Barcelona, Neymar wields immense power in the French capital where he signed on a world record transfer fee of €222 million (A$362m) in 2017.

At the player's request, sporting director Leonardo has reportedly made contact with Messi's representatives, although no formal offer has been made.

Spanish publication AS reported that Leonardo sought…
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