The 29-year-old striker is thought to be stalling on a new mega-contract worth a staggering £825,000-a-week.
It has been said that Lionel Messi rejected a new deal with Barcelona last weekend summing up rumors that he is likely to leave the club
Manchester United have admitted that Lionel Messi would likely move to Man City… IF he were to ever leave Barcelona
United WOULD be able to afford the Argentinian ace should he be available, but club chiefs believe the lure of Pep Guardiola would give City the edge in landing the superstar.
An Old Trafford source said: “City would be the favourites if he were to one day leave, but we would obviously love the sign a player of that level.
“We can certainly compete on the cash front and Messi is an Adidas player like Paul Pogba, so we have our pluses.
“But all the same, we would not get involved in any bidding war unless Messi’s camp gave an indication that he was willing to come here.”
It is believed Messi wants to stay and finish his career with Barcelona, and that he will sign a new contract in the near future.