Manchester City 'Lining Up £100 Million Bid For Messi'

But can he do it on a cold, rainy night in Stoke?

If transfer rumours are to be believed (and when are they not?) Manchester City are looking to break football's world-record transfer fee to bring in Lionel Messi and his inimitable left peg for a cool £100 million.

According to The Sun, talks have been taking place between City and Barcelona since the end of 2016, highlighting the club's intent on bringing Messi into a team that is suffering from a lack of confidence and firepower - a situation highlighted by their 4-0 battering at the hands of Everton at the weekend.

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With former manager Pep Guardiola at the helm - as well as Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano, City's director of football and chief executive officer respectively - the blue half of Manchester has a strong contingent of former Barcelona representatives, which has so far resulted in them poaching Claudio Bravo, a man who only seems to be confident at collecting the ball from the back of his own net.

Apparently no official bid has been made for Messi, but with the Argentina and Barcelona captain currently stalling over a new long-term deal at the Nou Camp, it's believed that he could be tempted by the opportunity to link up with Guardiola once more, as well as a fresh challenge in the Premier League.

But can he do it on a cold rainy night in Stoke?

Probably...