Lionel Messi has requested a personal meeting with the Barcelona hierarchy to discuss a solution to his transfer request, Sky Sports News can confirm.
Messi wants his lawyers present too with the intention of finding a way out of the impasse over his contract clause and a way out of the Nou Camp this summer, as reported in Spain earlier on Friday.
Should Messi engineer a move away from the club he joined as a 14-year-old, Manchester City are in the strongest position to swoop in.
Sky Sports News has been told both Messi and City boss Pep Guardiola want to renew their partnership at the Etihad – putting the Premier League runners-up in a commanding lead over other suitors.
Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan are both said to be preparing offers in an attempt to persuade him away from a reunion with Guardiola and a rendezvous with friend Sergio Aguero.
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It remains uncertain that Messi can get out of his Barcelona contract, which still has one year left to run, in the current transfer window, having submitted a written transfer request on Monday.
Messi’s Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez could also be on his way out of the Nou Camp, with Juventus interested in the striker.
The former Liverpool player has been told he can leave Barca this summer by new boss Ronald Koeman.
Suarez is in talks to get his contract at Barcelona terminated, and would like to join the Serie A side on a free transfer.