Although the initial plan to get Lionel Messi into their fold for the current season may have collapsed, Manchester City are unrelenting in the desire to get the Argentine legend.
According to Spanish publication, AS, the ‘citizen’ team is preparing an offer in which, in addition to being a player, it would allow Messi to be an ambassador and retire from another club in its group.
The report has it that when Manchester City considers signing Messi, it does not limit itself to thinking about the two, three, four or five years of football that remain in the elite.
Signing Messi has a business plan even deeper than the sports one. To convince him from January, when he will be able to negotiate freely with any other club, and beyond the performance that he could give again under Pep Guardiola, the English club is already preparing a dossier with the plan they have for him for the next ten years.
At 33 years old, and after unsuccessfully forcing his departure from Barcelona last summer, it seems that the offer for him will not only be from Manchester City as such, but from the entire City Football Group (CFG), the conglomerate that brings together several entities sports throughout the world.
Signing Leo Messi goes far beyond sports, and in the group they already throw numbers about the possible impact that his arrival would have at the advertising level and the revaluation of the brand.
On the other side of the scale, the extraordinary salary that he charges and that can pose a problem for a team threatened by the control of financial fair play .
If Messi ends up landing at City, and once his performance at the highest level is exhausted, he would have the opportunity to join any team in the group that is to his liking.
From the United States, where they have New York City FC, to Australia, with Melbourne City, passing, of course, through Asia, where they have Yokohama F Marinos.
Once he decides to definitely hang up his boots, and if he finally accepts the offer, the plan is for Messi to act as the group’s ambassador around the world, Manchester City taking advantage of his figure to establish himself once and for all as a full-fledged club of the football elite.