According to the Mirror, Barcelona expects Messi to leave the club next summer, and at the same time go to the Premier League to join Manchester City.
Messi was close to leaving the team during the transfer window this summer. He had no hope for Barcelona's poor state and controversial management. However, Messi did not leave the team because of the possibility of a court battle with Barcelona.
The Mirror stated that Barcelona is already preparing for Messi's possible departure. The Argentine star clearly informed the club that he hopes to go to England and reunite with Guardiola.
Although Messi made a transfer request this summer, his exchanges with Koeman eventually convinced him to play for the club for another year. Bartomeu refused to allow Messi to leave the team freely, but Messi and his agent emphasized the special terms in the contract, which they believed would pave the way for the players to go to the Premier League.
Manchester City seems to lead the fight for Messi this summer, and the club’s chief operating officer Velada recently admitted that they will be ready to act again next summer.