Manchester United have been put on alert by Lionel Messi, after casting doubt about his future in Barcelona by admitting he is unsure as to where he’ll be plying his trade next year. According to The Guardian, United are the only English club that can afford his signature due to Financial Fair Play rules.
If Barcelona were forced to sell Lionel Messi, they’d demand that his £195million buyout clause is met which is an absolutely absurd amount of money – eclipsing the current transfer record by over £100million.
Both Manchester City and Chelsea have been monitoring Messi, and although they could afford to lure him to their respective teams, they’d probably be heavily penalised by UEFA if they were to make the deal happen, but it wouldn’t be worth risking their place in the Champions League.
Manchester United’s Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward said this in the summer:
“Whether it’s a [world] record or not doesn’t really resonate with us. What resonates is an elite player that the manager wants who is going to be a star for Manchester United.”
United can definitely afford him, its just a case of whether or not Messi will leave Barcelona. This is something I doubt will ever happen. Personally I reckon he’ll see out his career at Barcelona before entering a coaching role with the Catalan side.
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