Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour promised to sign Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, according to various reports.
Former City forward Robinho has claimed that the Premier League side’s owner Mansour made a promise to sign the Argentine forward as part of takeover at the club.
Mansour’s arrival at City in 2008 saw the English club win titles, including two League Cup’s, an FA Cup and a Premier League honour.
Messi has been regularly linked with a move to the Etihad stadium, however, such links have been just that and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has remained in Catalonia.
But, Robinho, who spent time with the English club following a spell with Spanish side Real Madrid, says promises were made to sign Messi.
“I spoke a few times with the owner Sheikh Mansour. He told me he was going to go big to get Kaka and Lionel Messi. Kaka was close. But Messi… I think Messi was beyond them. But I believed in the project,” the Brazilian international told the Mail.
“The Sheikh had the ambition to create the best team in the world and now look at them. They have the best manager in the world in Pep Guardiola and can go toe-to-toe with anyone.”
Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo have opened up Thursday’s daily with the news that Messi and his father, who is in Barca until November 24th are in negotiations over a lifetime deal which will see the Argentine remain at the club for the foreseeable future.
Negotiations have been long and a deal up until 2021 is said to have been agreed but both parties are seemingly happy to agree a further extension to the deal.
Further to such claims, La Liga president Javier Tebas said that a deal between Messi and Barca had already been agreed.