MANCHESTER CITY are plotting a £100million swoop for Lionel Messi, according to reports.
And the Mirror claim the City chief will offer Messi £500,000-a-week to try and lure him away from Barca.
The Argie hitman, 29, has a £215m buy-out clause in his contract, which runs out in 2018.
That means Barca would be forced to consider selling him for a reduced fee next summer or risk losing their prized asset for nothing if they cannot agree an extension.
Until recently, it would have been unthinkable for Messi to leave the Catalan giants but there have been reports of a strained relationship with Luis Enrique.
And with Luis Suarez and Neymar in peak form, the loss would not less significant although still extremely painful.