What clubs are most likely to sign Lionel Messi as he leaves Barcelona

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Lionel Messi has sensationally told Barcelona that he wants out of the La Liga giants despite spending his whole career at the Nou Camp.

Messi has informed the club he wants to leave this summer and believes a clause that allows him to depart for free is still going.

The 33-year-old has a clause in his contract to end his time with the club after the end of the 2019/20 season.

Although Barcelona say that the clause expired, for Messi the season ended in August and he believe he can execute it before August 31.

Barca are reluctant to let Messi depart but Daily Star Sport have looked at Messi’s options should he move on.

Manchester City

Although England might not be on his list of potential holiday destinations, Pep Guardiola’s position at Manchester City might be enough to tempt Messi to the Premier League.

The Argentine enjoyed his time under the Spaniard at Barcelona and he could eye a reunion if he decides to leave mainland Europe during the upcoming summer transfer window.

City will go all out to reclaim their Premier League title next season while still hunting their first Champions League title.

Guardiola said when asked about Messi earlier this season: “I’m not going to speak about transfers until the end of the season.”

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Inter Milan

Inter Milan remain one of the biggest names in world football despite their failure to win Serie A in 10 consecutive seasons.

Antonio Conte’s men finished just a point behind Juventus last season before Maurizio Sarri lost his job in Turin, giving them a golden chance of glory when the new season begins in September.

A flurry of reports earlier this year forced Conte to address links to Messi, and at that point nothing solid was in place.

He said: "We're talking about fantasy football, situations that at the moment cannot be linked to Inter. For many reasons.”

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Juventus

That brings Juventus into the mix, who are allegedly looking to part ways with Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

The Portugal skipper may have broken records with his goal return in the 2019/20 season but there have been doubts over his influence on their style of play.

Andrea Pirlo could in turn try to replace their highest earner should he find a new club, which could point towards Messi.

The veteran has been accused of not being brave enough to attempt to play away from Spain in the past, and Juventus would offer a fine platform for success away from Barcelona.

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Newell's Old Boys

In what would be the most emotional move for Messi, he could return to Argentina with Newell's Old Boys.

The playmaker could decide to raise his family in his native country while playing for the Primera Division side, who finished 10th in the league last season.

He said on that possible move in 2019: "I have the dream of being able to play for Newell's in Argentina, but I don't know if it's really going to happen because I have a family that is ahead of my desire.

"It's a dream I've had since I was little, but I have a family, I have three children, I live in a place that has given me everything and where I am calm and can give my children a spectacular future.”

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PSG

One club that would have the cash to sanction a deal for Messi is French giants PSG.

With Neymar’s future uncertain after his pleas to return to Spain last summer, their wage budget could be reduced enough to afford a move for his former team-mate.

The Ligue 1 champions finished runners-up in the Champions League and that could push club chiefs to go for the best player in history to boost their chances of continental glory.

The future of Kylian Mbappe might also play a part, with the youngster mentioning his desire to continue to challenge himself earlier this season.

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Next permanent club odds for Lionel Messi

Man City – 6/4

PSG – 12/5

Inter Milan – 3/1

Juventus – 9/2

Man Utd – 11/2

Any MLS Club – 12/1

Any Argentinian Club – 20/1

Liverpool – 33/1

Leeds – 33/1

Bayern Munich – 35/1

Chelsea – 50/1

Lazio – 100/1

Newcastle – 100/1

Napoli – 125/1

Real Madrid – 150/1

Odds as of 9pm Tuesday from the Betfair Exchange

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