Prepare For The Unthinkable: Lionel Messi Might Be Leaving Barcelona

Could it... could it be?

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Sound the klaxons; gather the peasants and batten down the storm defences, because the unthinkable has suddenly become... thinkable (?)

Lionel Messi might be leaving Barcelona.

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According to fresh rumours, Barcelona's seemingly-immovable icon has grown disillusioned with the club after the sale of Neymar, with replacements like ex-Spurs legend Paulinho not quite cutting it for the club's talisman.

According to The Mirror, "[Manchester] City have met Messi's representatives to discuss the possibility of bringing the Argentina star to the Premier League."

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It claims that talks were held last week amid Messi's "growing dissatisfaction with the state of the Barcelona squad", following Neymar's recent departure to PSG for the estimated equivalent of Moldova's annual GDP.

Somewhere Pep Guardiola, wearing a turtle neck, is rubbing his hands together.

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Despite Messi agreeing terms on a new contract earlier in the summer, he hasn't actually signed it yet, with The Mirror adding, "City's interest is long-standing and they are understood to be prepared to use his £275 million release clause to sign him if the possibility presents itself."

Football, bloody hell.