El contrato que prepararía el Manchester City para fichar a Messi / Lionel Messi Rumors: Manchester City Preparing 5-Year, €750M ‘Mega’ Contract

Manchester City está decidido a quedarse con Leo Messi. El grupo propietario de la institución ya tendría el contrato para ofrecerle al argentino, mientras se trata de resolver el dilema sobre su salida con el Barcelona.

El contrato que Manchester City le ofrecería a Messi tiene una duración de cinco años, hasta el 30 de junio de 2025. Según precisiones de Sport, el acuerdo asegura que las primeras tres temporadas las jugará en la Premier League, mientras que las últimas dos lo hará en el New York City de la Major League Soccer en Estados Unidos.

Las cifras del acuerdo contractual serían de alrededor de cien millones de euros anuales entre salario e impuestos para llegar a un total de 750 millones por esos cinco años. Los 250 millones restantes serían la prima de fichaje por unirse al New York City.

El Manchester City elige esta disposición para evitar problemas con el Fair Play Financiero. Como el pago será una prima de fichaje cuando pase del fútbol inglés al estadounidense, la entidad logra evadir cualquier problema en su presupuesto.

Lionel Messi Rumors: Manchester City Preparing 5-Year, €750M ‘Mega’ Contract

Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi could be reunited at Manchester City, but it won’t come cheap.

According to Sport (h/t Marca), the Premier League giants are preparing a five-year, €750 million deal. The reported details are as follows:

“The report says this contract will be split into two periods—three years with City in the Premier League and two years with sister club New York City in MLS. Messi would earn 100 million euros a season before tax at City, with a total contract worth of 750 million euros over five years. The rest of the sum will be the 250 million euro signing bonus to join New York.”

What remains in question is what transfer fee, if any, Barcelona will be able to obtain for Messi. The player has a €700 million release clause, though Messi has a stipulation in his contract that he could leave on a free transfer if he announced his intention to do so before May 31.

Messi sent a burofax to announce his departure intentions after that date but argued he did so before the season ended, given that the campaign went on hiatus and resumed in the summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic. His argument, in essence, is that the May 31 date became irrelevant once the season stretched well into the summer, since the date represented the original end of the season.