Lionel Messi Premier League Rumors Won’t Stop

Lionel Messi Premier League Rumors Won’t Stop

Recognized by most football fans as the best player in the world (with only Cristiano Ronaldo to challenge the claim), Lionel Messi is a player that any top club would love to have. Despite all he's accomplished, Messi remains only 28 years old, which means top clubs actually think it's still worth trying to acquire him. And because of this, the Barcelona star is continually linked to the major Premier League teams known to shell out record contracts to attract the world's best players. The very idea is almost inconceivable at this point. Messi's the top player on a club that's currently the best in Europe by what looks to be a wide margin. Barcelona was recently drawn against Arsenal in the Champions League knockout round, and despite the fact that Arsenal is leading the Premier League, this draw was viewed as nothing short of easy for Barca. In fact, there were even indications that the Barcelona players themselves were happy about it. The reports singled out Messi and co-star Neymar, and stated that the Barcelona squad "erupted with happiness" after Arsenal's name was drawn. When one league leader can disrespect another so thoroughly, it shows you just how far ahead one of them is. Barcelona is truly on top of the world, and that makes it all the more difficult to imagine Messi agreeing to leave for England. That said, rumors haven't stopped circulating about Messi being a target for EPL clubs, and even recently there's been some news regarding these clubs preparing bids for the world's best player. Neymar has improved rapidly at Barcelona. Given how well he and Luis Suarez kept the Barca attack churning while Messi was missing time with a recent knee injury, there is a shred of logic in the idea that Barcelona could look to save some cash by moving on without Messi. But which clubs from England could make it happen? Just this October, a report of Chelsea's interest indicated that the management at Stamford Bridge is increasingly hopeful that Messi might listen to their proposal. Evidently, Messi has grown frustrated with Spanish tax authorities, and that alone could make him keen to try his luck in England instead of in La Liga. The same report notes that the buy-out clause in Messi's contract makes it extremely unlikely that he could move before the summer of 2017. But even then, he'll be only 30 years old and worth a record-breaking deal from a Premier League side. Even more recently, a new story began circulating regarding Manchester City's interest in the Argentine striker. The news from Man City indicated that when a Chinese stakeholder recently purchased a 13% share of the club's parent company, it did so with the expectation that City would be pursuing Messi as its primary transfer target. That doesn't mean it's a sure thing this will be the case, but it's certainly more substantial than the average transfer rumor based solely on speculation or perceived fit. When money changes hands due to an expected deal, that deal is more likely to be pursued. Inevitably, there have also been rumors linking Messi to the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, but Chelsea and Man City seem to be the likelier suitors. Right now, there's probably no need to take the possibility of a Messi move to the EPL particularly seriously, at least with regard to the near future. But it does appear increasingly evident that a few top EPL clubs will make a go of it, and that alone could come to dominate European football headlines in the next year. By Manuel Veth -

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Recognized by most football fans as the best player in the world (with only Cristiano Ronaldo to challenge the claim), Lionel Messi is a player that any top club would love to have. Despite all he’s accomplished, Messi remains only 28 years old, which means top clubs actually think it’s still worth trying to acquire him. And because of this, the Barcelona star is continually linked to the major Premier League teams known to shell out record contracts to attract the world’s best players.

The very idea is almost inconceivable at this point. Messi’s the top player on a club that’s currently the best in Europe by what looks to be a wide margin. Barcelona was recently drawn against Arsenal in the Champions League knockout round, and despite the fact that Arsenal is leading the Premier League, this draw was viewed as nothing short of easy for Barca. In fact, there were even indications that the Barcelona players themselves were happy about it. The reports singled out Messi and co-star Neymar, and stated that the Barcelona squad “erupted with happiness” after Arsenal’s name was drawn. When one league leader can disrespect another so thoroughly, it shows you just how far ahead one of them is. Barcelona is truly on top of the world, and that makes it all the more difficult to imagine Messi agreeing to leave for England.

That said, rumors haven’t stopped circulating about Messi being a target for EPL clubs, and even recently there’s been some news regarding these clubs preparing bids for the world’s best player. Neymar has improved rapidly at Barcelona. Given how well he and Luis Suarez kept the Barca attack churning while Messi was missing time with a recent knee injury, there is a shred of logic in the idea that Barcelona could look to save some cash by moving on without Messi. But which clubs from England could make it happen?

Just this October, a report of Chelsea’s interest indicated that the management at Stamford Bridge is increasingly hopeful that Messi might listen to their proposal. Evidently, Messi has grown frustrated with Spanish tax authorities, and that alone could make him keen to try his luck in England instead of in La Liga. The same report notes that the buy-out clause in Messi’s contract makes it extremely unlikely that he could move before the summer of 2017. But even then, he’ll be only 30 years old and worth a record-breaking deal from a Premier League side.

Even more recently, a new story began circulating regarding Manchester City’s interest in the Argentine striker. The news from Man City indicated that when a Chinese stakeholder recently purchased a 13% share of the club’s parent company, it did so with the expectation that City would be pursuing Messi as its primary transfer target. That doesn’t mean it’s a sure thing this will be the case, but it’s certainly more substantial than the average transfer rumor based solely on speculation or perceived fit. When money changes hands due to an expected deal, that deal is more likely to be pursued.

Inevitably, there have also been rumors linking Messi to the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, but Chelsea and Man City seem to be the likelier suitors. Right now, there’s probably no need to take the possibility of a Messi move to the EPL particularly seriously, at least with regard to the near future. But it does appear increasingly evident that a few top EPL clubs will make a go of it, and that alone could come to dominate European football headlines in the next year.

By Manuel Veth –

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