Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is “more open” to a Premier League move than he was two or three years ago, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
Reports on Friday claimed representatives from Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea had made contact with Messi’s camp in an attempt to persuade the Argentine to move to the Premier League.
It had previously looked like a move was out of the question for Messi, who is under contract at Barcelona until 2017.
However, Balague revealed that Messi has opened up to the idea of moving to England in recent months.
“He [Messi] said I live by the moment and my moment now is Barcelona,” Balague said.
“He’s been there a long time, it’s his life, he’s got it all set up there…But the fact that one of the reported clubs approached him and his representatives twice in the last week suggests something is going on.
“The receptions have been interesting because it has been like ‘OK, we are listening, what do you have to say?’.
“It doesn’t mean he is coming, but it means he is more open to the idea, which you couldn’t have said two or three years ago.”
Of course, the idea of Messi, arguably the greatest player to have ever played the game, moving to Man United is a completely farfetched one. But if there is a slither of hope or indication on Messi’s end, then United would be wise to go for him. After all, who wouldn’t want to swap Barcelona for the bright lights of Manchester?