The six-time Ballon d’Or winner submitted a transfer request during the summer before reluctantly agreeing to stay, but his contract at the Camp Nou expires at the end of the season.
But Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has revealed that City could face competition from Premier League rivals Chelsea for Messi’s signature.
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"Chelsea are definitely in the equation if Messi becomes available, that is true,” he said on his YouTube channel.
He added: "Chelsea will insist they want to hear everything that is going on.
"If they have the money they will want to be involved too. Remember, there is no transfer fee."
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