Manchester City slash Lionel Messi contract offer by £170m to £430m
The 33-year-old has been permitted to open talks with other clubs since Jan. 1, but now
the deal on offer is worth £430m. The package would be an eight-year deal both as a
player and then as an ambassador for the City Football Group once he retires
NSL understands they have presented the Argentine, 34, with a new package to join this
summer worth a reduced £430m.
Messi is also a target for Paris Saint-Germain and he is weighing up options, with his
Barca contract expiring in July.
But Premier League leaders City are not prepared to match the terms they proposed
back in August, believing the financial climate has changed and also taking into account
he is another year along in his career.
The Messi camp, led by the Argentine’s father Jorge, asked for all clubs who were keen
to sign the player to put their money on the table in December.
It is thought City want Messi on a two-year playing deal at the Etihad with a 12-month
option, before committing to two more seasons in MLS with sister club New York City.
It is understood the package could see him agree to a deal spanning eight years which
would also see him carrying out ambassadorial duties across the City Football Group,
which covers ten clubs across four continents.
That could include playing a year in India or the United Arab Emirates, depending on
how fit he is as he approaches 40. the Argentine is yet to make up his mind where he
wants to commit his future