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Lionel Messi’s father ‘is already in England negotiating a two-year deal with Manchester City’ after the Argentine star told Barcelona he wants out

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Lionel Messi’s father is reportedly in England discussing terms with Manchester City for the Argentine playmaker. 

This comes a day after the six-time Ballon d’Or winner informed the club that he does not want to continue under new coach Ronald Koeman following Barcelona’s embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League and disappointing season in Spain which resulted in no trophies. 

According to RAC1 and TyC Sports, Jorge Messi has already touched down in Manchester to discuss terms with the Premier League side.  

The reports say that the player’s father who is also his agent is discussing a two-year deal with City, despite a reported disagreement between Barcelona and Lionel Messi over his £630million release clause at the club. 

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Before Messi made his decision to leave the club, he held crunch talks with new coach Ronald Koeman following the Dutchman’s appointment as Quique Setien’s replacement last week.

In their discussions, Messi made his decision clear to leave the club while the new manager told him his “privileges” were over.

Messi, whose deal runs out in 2021, believes a clause in his contract means he can leave as a free agent this summer. But Barcelona are insisting that the clause expired in June, which would mean either Messi or City would have to pay his £630million release clause at the club.

A move to Manchester City would see Messi reunite with ex-Barcelona coach Guardiola in England. 

During his illustrious playing career at the Camp Nou, Messi won an astonishing 10 La Liga titles, six Copa del Reys, seven Spanish Super Cups, and four Champions League.

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Arteta to possibly replace Koeman

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Mikel Arteta to replace Koeman at Barcelon football club’s potential president

Joan Laporta has arranged Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta as replacement for Ronald Koeman, as per RAC1.

Barca’s most favourable Laporta had openly upheld the current coach to stay at Camp Nou.

However, should Koeman leave either by sack or mutual understanding, Laporta has distinguished current Arsenal supervisor as the one to take over at Camp Nou.

Review that Laporta had as of late formally declared the people he will work with should he win the election that will happen not long from now.

Laporta, a previous President of the club, alongside his running mate Rafael Yuste, declared that previous Barca goalkeeper, Victor Valdes and Mateu Alemany would work with them on the off chance that they arise champs.

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Pep speaks on being unheaten for the past 20 matches

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Guardiola responds as Man City go 20 matches unbeaten Manchester City coach, Pep Guardiola, has said their 20 straight wins altogether, might be the best thing they have at any point accomplished.

Ruben Dias and John Stones scored either side of a Michail Antonio finish to give City a 2-1 triumph over West Ham yesterday.

It was their fourteenth in succession in the association and leaves them 13 points clear at the highest point of the table, having played a game more than Leicester and Manchester United. In any case, having been discounted for the title toward the beginning of December, Guardiola’s side have been destroying since.

“In this period, in this era, with this situation, to be able to do 20, maybe it is one of the greatest achievements we have done in our careers, for sure.

“That doesn’t mean a title win, of course, but this period in time, the toughest period in England, the winter time, [to have] no one week of rest for three or four months, every three days a game, with the COVID-19 situation, injury situations. To be on this kind of run – winning, winning, winning – means mental strength,” Guardiola said.

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Guardiola names favourites to win champions league

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Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola, has named Bayern Munich as the top picks to win the Champions League in front of them.

Guardiola’s men are on course to advance into the quarter-finals, following their 2-0 triumph over Borussia Monchengladbach, on Wednesday night.

Goals from Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus got the success for City, who have now won their last 19 games altogether.

Be that as it may, notwithstanding his side’s great structure, Guardiola feels Bayern Munich, who pounded Lazio 4-1 in their keep going 16 first leg on Tuesday, are better positioned to win the Champions League this term.

He disclosed to BT Sport: “When I see Bayern Munich I don’t think we are favourites.

My target is West Ham in three days.“If people say we are favourites, we have to accept it, but a team who, in their whole history, has been to a semi-final once? OK, they say it, we have to accept it.”

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