Lionel Messi To Manchester City Looks Like The Only Viable Move

As Barcelona dig their heels in over Messi’s contract situation, Manchester City fans can take comfort from the fact that they’re head and shoulders above all candidates to sign him.

Lionel Messi To Manchester City Looks Like The Only Viable Move

Messi Transfer Betting Odds

TransferOddsBet With
Man City4/7Paddy Power
Stay at Barcelona1/1888Sport
PSG14/1Paddy Power
Inter Milan14/1BetVictor
Man Utd20/1Paddy Power
Juventus33/1Paddy Power

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It’s been over a week since substantiated reports of Lionel Messi’s desire to leave Barcelona this summer surfaced and yet the football world looks on with no real knowledge of whether it’s even financially possible.

The superstar forward showed no signs of cooling off as he failed to report for the club’s first pre-season training session on Monday. The standoff if fuelled by the Argentine’s frustration with the club’s failure to win the Champions League since 2015.

While lawyers of both the player and the club scramble together their cases – Messi believing he has the right to walk away from his contract at this moment in time; Barcelona insist a €700million buy-out clause must be met – bookmakers are taking bets on what the outcome will be.

After a week of relentless punting, the market has only strengthened in Manchester City’s favour, with Pep Guardiola’s Carabao Cup winners backed in from 11/8 to 4/7 with BetVictor.

The best price on a move to Man City – which must be completed before the end of the summer transfer window in order to be settled as a winner – stands at 4/5, available at Boylesports, Paddy Power and Betfair.

888Sport were the first online bookmakers to price up Messi to stay and while Man City’s price has come in, their odds of 1/1 about the 33-year-old remaining at the Camp Nou beyond the deadline haven’t budged.

Best Odds on Messi Stay

The same bet under a different guise – ‘Messi not to sign or agree a contract with any other club’ – is available at 11/8 with Paddy Power and looks like a sensible bet given the seismic finances involved with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Interestingly, Champions League finalists Paris Saint-Germain have seen their odds drift from 10/1 to 14/1 across the board, although you can find as long as 20/1 if you shop around.

The French champions hold the current world record fee for a transfer, having bought Messi’s old team-mate Neymar from Barcelona for an insane €222m in 2017.

They are still dining out on that investment and are therefore thought to be unable to afford Messi due to Financial Fair Play restrictions.

Inter Milan are the other big movers in the market as everything appears geared towards a Man City move, or a Barcelona stay, with the Serie A side having drifted from 6/1 to 14/1 on most betting apps.

Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has previously played down links to Messi amid rumours the club’s majority shareholders Suning Holdings are keen to finance the move.

However, even if they were to stump up the cash, the Europa League finalists are unlikely to boast the pulling power required to sign a superstar of Messi’s ilk.

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