Manchester City are crunching the numbers to work out if they would be able to sign Lionel Messi.
This is to be done without breaching Financial Fair Play rules if the Barcelona star becomes available.
City know any deal for Messi is complicated but want to be prepared should the option of bringing him arise.
Barca’s official stance is that Messi is not for sale and any interested parties will be referred to his €700 million release clause.
Though Messi, 33, sent a fax to the club saying he wishes to exercise a clause in his contract, allowing him to leave for free with immediate effect.
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