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Manchester City To Intensify Their Efforts For This Barcelona Superstar: Should Koeman Let Him Go?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Sun has mentioned that Manchester City are set to intensify their efforts for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi as they are willing to test the Catalan club’s resolve by making an offer for him in January. The Argentine wing wizard’s current contract at the Nou Camp runs out at the end of this campaign, so Man City will be encouraged to launch a cut-price move for him with Barca desperately looking to cut costs to cope with £437m in debts (via The Sun).

Messi’s Incredible Form In Europe This Season

Despite a slow start to the campaign, Messi has found some form for the Catalan giants before this international break. The Argentine maestro has featured in ten matches for Ronald Koeman’s side this term, scoring six goals and grabbing four assists in all competitions.

The 33-year-old has enjoyed a majestic run of form in Europe where he has averaged 5.7 shots, 4.3 key passes and 6.0 dribbles per game in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. He has also been quite accurate with his ball-distribution after completing 89.3% of his attempted passes in European football (stats via whoscored).

There is no hiding from the fact that Messi has only got a handful of years left in his playing career, so he could be tempted with an opportunity to set up a reunion with his former manager Pep Guardiola at Man City this winter.

Manchester City set to intensify their efforts for Barcelona's Messi who is seen in the picture
Mario Rui of SSC Napoli battles for possession with Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between FC Barcelona and SSC Napoli at Camp Nou on August 08, 2020, in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

What Does The Argentine Winger Bring To The Table?

Messi is one of the greatest players of all times as he can change the outcome of a match on his own by scoring or creating some crucial goals for his side. He is still a consistent goal-getter and a prolific assist-maker at the highest level.

The 140-time Argentine international has been carrying his team on his back over the past few years. He can still be a joy to watch when he is sprinting at full speed and is still a constant menace for the opposition defenders.

Should The Catalans Let Messi Go In January?

At the moment, Barca are in a difficult position as their whole season seems to be resting on Messi’s shoulders. However, with his contract coming to an end next summer, the Catalan club would either have to sell him in January when they might get a sizable offer for him or lose him for free at the end of this campaign.

All in all, if the Spanish outfit are still planning to compete for major trophies this season, then they should keep Messi beyond this winter transfer window. Otherwise, they will be better off cashing in on him to ease their financial difficulties in January.

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