MANCHESTER CITY are now as short as 2/1 to sign Lionel Messi.
The Barcelona superstar sent the transfer mill spinning over the summer after telling the Catalan club's board that he wanted to leave.
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A bitter legal dispute then ensued and Messi was forced into staying.
Pep Guardiola's side were the favourites to pinch the 33-year-old's signature back in August and they're front of the queue again this time around.
Betfair have priced the Citizens at 2/1 to be Messi's next club.
French champions Paris Saint-Germain are next in the market at 4/1, Manchester United follow at 6/1, and Bayern Munich are a larger price at 8/1.
Messi's relationship with the club is frosty.
And the Spanish heavyweights understand they risk the possibility of losing the Argentine on a free when his contract expires in June 2021.
Furthermore, Barca are looking to slash their debts of £437m.
And receiving a cash sum as well as ridding themselves of Messi's £95m-a-year wage might just tempt executives into doing the unthinkable and sell in January.
Lionel Messi next club odds – Betfair
- Manchester City – 2/1
- Paris Saint-Germain – 4/1
- Manchester United – 6/1
- Bayern Munich – 8/1
- Any MLS club 10/1
- Juventus – 20/1
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Betfair Spokesperson, Sam Rosbottom said: "After the saga of the summer, there are still questions to be asked over the future of Lionel Messi, although he's committed to see out his contract to the end of the season, whether or not he stays past that is still to be answered.
"If he does decide to move on, Man City are the favourites to be his next club at 2/1, with fellow big European spenders, PSG behind them at 4/1.
"The world would love to see the two best players play together, Ronaldo is clearly the main man at Juventus, but it's 20/1 for Messi to join him next, which would be a partnership the world would love to see."
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