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What Pep Told Messi In Private Call

With Lionel Messi said to have called Pep Guardiola to discuss a potential transfer to Manchester City, here is what the Spaniard reportedly told his former player.

Read: 'Messi Wants City Move, But Has Special Pep Request'

The Argentine seems certain to make an exit from FC Barcelona, with widespread report in Spanish media suggesting that club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has offered to step down if it means Messi would stay at the Camp Nou.

LaLiga expert Guillem Balague has also confirmed this, but insisted Messi has not responded to the offer yet and will likely not make a U-turn because he feels Barcelona's issues run much deeper.

However, Balague also claimed that the Argentina captain and City boss Guardiola have spoken to each other over the phone, and that the Spanish tactician has opened the door for a much-speculated move to the Premier League.

"Pep and Leo have now spoken. Pep told him that if willing to leave, Manchester City would try to finance the move," Balague wrote on Twitter.

"Every step is carefully taken by City so nobody can say they 'stole' the player from Barcelona.

"I insist. Barcelona have not opened the door to a transfer yet, so not much can happen till (if) they do.

"If they do not and ask for the €700 million (R14 billion) of his buyout clause, a judge might eventually decide the transfer fee because, as of today, Messi is willing to use all the avenues to go.

"Having Messi would help Manchester City move a step up. They would have a player that can turn games around without the need for everything to work (their Salah, Kane), that can make the team more efficient so then mistakes in Europe would not be as relevant and crucial as they have been."

Click through the gallery below to see where Messi's release clause ranks among the highest buyout clauses in football:


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