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City ready to tempt Messi with pre-contract agreement

Manchester City are ready to tempt Lionel Messi with a pre-contract agreement.

The Argentine’s current deal with Barcelona expires next summer, which means he is free to talk with clubs from abroad in January.

And although the decision of beleaguered President Josep Maria Bartomeu has increased his chances, in the eyes of some, to agreeing a contract extension at the Nou Camp, elections for a new board will not be held until next March. That means any discussions over a fresh contract for the club captain and talisman will not take place until later in the season.

That delay in determining the future direction of the club could give City the opportunity to make their move.

The Premier League side were heavily linked with a move for Messi in the summer, but he was forced to remain in Spain after Barcelona insisted that his release clause must be met in full.

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