City in for Messi and Ramos?
- 17 November 2013 10:15
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
I’m sure we’re all tired of stories telling us how Barcelona or Real Madrid will cherry-pick our best players next summer.
So it’s nice to turn the tables with a couple of stories suggesting the Blues are interested in taking a player from Barca and Real – and not just any two – two of the best.
OK, we know it’s just paper talk but it’s nice to see that the rumours go both ways.
The Mail on Sunday believe it’s not out of the question for City to make an audacious swoop for the best footballer in the world right now in the shape of Lionel Messi.
Rob Shepherd writes: “Lionel Messi to Manchester City next summer? It sounds like idle speculation.
“But I understand that after next summer’s World Cup finals such a move is not beyond possibility.
“There is increasing talk in Spain that Messi, who has struggled for form (by his own stellar standards) and fitness this season, is becoming stressed at the pressure he is put under by Barcelona to play when not fully fit.
“Messi has just reached his 10th anniversary with Barca in which has played 395 games and scored 327 goals, but he may be tempted by a move.
“It is impossible to speculate transfer fee and salary figures. They would obviously be immense and despite City’s resources such a move would be complicated by Financial Fair Play.
“But a complex playing/commercial/image rights deal with Nike assuming a major role could get around regulations.
“And I understand several super agents and brokers are actively looking at piecing together a deal. Messi to City? Yes, it’s sound nuts. Then again...”
And how would Sergio Ramos sound, too?
Well, The People believe that too is a possibility. Read on: “Manchester City are trying to lure Real Madrid and Spain superstar Sergio Ramos to the Premier League next summer, report Tom Hopkinson and Dave Kidd. “Real, aware of the Etihad interest in Ramos, are for now refusing to bow to his pay demands. His current deal is worth around £4.6million a year but the 27-year-old wants parity with the £6.2m Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are paid and that has opened the door to City.
“The title favourites, who face competition from mega-rich French side Paris Saint-Germain, will offer Ramos wages of around £7.2m a year.
“New Real boss Carlo Ancelotti has used Ramos either at right-back or as midfield anchorman but the 27-year-old, who moved to the Bernabeu for £20m at the start of the 2005-06 season, wants to play in central defence.
“Ramos has a release clause of around £41m in his contract and City, struggling at centre-back in the absence of the injured Vincent Kompany, are ready to make an opening offer of £32.5m.”