Messi: Man City eye £250m transfer compromise, sacrifice seven stars to avoid £630million gamble

Barcelona are desperately trying to broker a £250million compromise with Manchester City over Lionel Messi.

With City’s lawyers now examining the clause in Messi’s contract that gives them hope they can sign the Argentine for free, beleaguered Barca bosses hope that the Blues will agree to a players-plus-cash deal rather than take a £630million gamble in court.

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Sunday Mirror Sport understands that both clubs believe Messi is bound for the Etihad.

And that the only detail that remains is whether Messi signs for City with Barcelona’s blessing – or the terms of the most controversial transfer in football history are decided by either FIFA or the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Messi has told the Catalan giants that he is leaving the Nou Camp – and he wants to link up again with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.

After a decade of trying to lure the 33-year-old to Manchester, the Blues believe they have finally got their man.