A Swap deal could be tempting ahead of Barca rebuild.
Manchester City are ready to offer three players to Barcelona in exchange for Lionel Messi, according to Sport.
It is claimed Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva and Eric Garcia will be offered to the Catalans.
Barca have been linked with all three players in the past, and had reportedly made an offer for Garcia this month.
However other views;
Liverpool luring Thiago Alcantara away from Bayern Munich would be “a better signing that Lionel Messi going to Manchester City”, claims Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney.
The former United striker told talkSPORT: “I think it is City or Liverpool [for the Premier League title], and if Liverpool get Thiago from Bayern Munich, I think it is done. That is a better signing than Messi going to Man City.”
Bartomeu ‘will step down if Messi pledges his future to Barca’
However, the president’s move may have come too late to prevent the superstar leaving Camp Nou.
They claim the desperate attempt by the beleagured president to prevent Messi’s departure would involve the forward publicly saying he will not leave Camp Nou, having indicated earlier this week he wishes to depart.
However, the reports claim it is too little and too late, with Messi already set on moving on.
Messi to explain Barcelona exit call
Lionel Messi is planning on breaking his silence and explaining the reasons behind his decision to leave Barcelona.
No date has been set for that revelation, but Goal has learned that the Argentine’s intention is to give his version of events in the coming days, with there a desire on his part to send a message to the fans that remain fiercely loyal to him.