The Lionel Messi links with Manchester City will not go away, and Bookmakers are starting to think this could happen.
Messi has long been linked with a link-up with City with his former Barcelona mentor Pep Guardiola and his close friend Sergio Aguero.
Now the 30-year-old is in talks over a new deal, and whilst Barca claim it is a ‘done deal’ nothing has been announced and with his contract due to expire next summer – in theory – he could sign for anyone, including City on a pre-contract in January.
“Things are certainly starting to look interesting with Messi now,” said OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton said.
“Most Bookmakers and Punters do not see a Messi move this January, but beyond there is some interest.
“You can get 7/2 for Messi to join Guardiola at any point in his career, and we are seeing interest in markets like this.
“Long-term, we are seeing Punters going after this, there is an indication here that Messi will not be ending his career at Barcelona.”
Selected Messi odds:
Lionel Messi to join Manchester City in Pep Guardiola era – 7/2 (Unibet)
To join Manchester City in January – 25/1 (PaddyPower)