Manchester City join Inter in the chase for Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi and have, according to ESPN, started studying a possible move without breaching the Financial Fair Play regulations.
The broadcaster reports a possible move for the Argentine this summer, should he continue to push for a transfer and Manchester City are reportedly going through their finances to look for an opportunity.
Inter have been linked with a move for La Pulce and reports in Italy have suggested patron Steven Zhang will have the resources available to make a move possible.
Messi’s contract expires next summer and the reported meeting with new coach Ronald Koeman further added to the speculation of a future elsewhere.
A transfer will be extremely complicated to materialise, but City are allegedly preparing should the opportunity arise this year.
ESPN believes Pep Guardiola’s side are currently studying the costs and could jump at the chance if Barca agree to sell for a reasonable price.
But the Citizens must expect Inter to fight them for the six-time Ballon d’Or Winner and Barcelona must be willing to sell, with Messi’s release clause currently at €700m.