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Manchester City have reportedly decided against making a move for Lionel Messi, La Liga TV presenter Semra Hunter reports.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Hunter claims that City are put off by the Barcelona superstar’s age, while the financial side of any potential deal – with Messi’s contract expiring in 2021 – also a concern.

She told Sky Sports: “I have it on good authority from someone close to the situation that Manchester City are not going to bid for Lionel Messi.

“Based on the information I have, as of today, that door is closed.

“They have two reasons for this: age and finances. Talking about age, he is heading into the twilight years of his career and you’ll be bringing on board a Messi that is different to what we’ve seen for the last 17 years with Barcelona. Even he himself has said that he is getting closer to the dreaded r-word of retirement more so than anyone cares to admit.

“That goes hand-in-hand with finances because even though he would be able to join for free, his wages are astronomically high – he is earning about 100m euros-a-year. That would be a huge financial burden for any club to take on, especially given the fact that we are in the middle of a global pandemic.”

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