The Argentine attacker is widely seen as one of the greatest ever players to have played the game, with his achievements at the Nou Camp staggering considering that he’s still 27.
Messi has won six La Liga titles, three Champions League and two Spanish cups with his club side, as well as claiming individual prizes, such as the Ballon d’Or four times.
Yet there have been suggestions that he could leave Barca in the not too distant future amid speculation that the Catalan side are willing to sell for a record smashing £200m fee.
Very few teams on the planet could fund such a swoop, but City are among an elite band to see it as an option.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho recently revealed that FFP restrictions have rendered such a move impossible, but chiefs at the Etihad Stadium are looking into it.
As well as the eye-watering fee needed, Messi’s wages are likely to be in the region of £500,000-per-week.
However, City see the potential commercial deals and the expansion of their global status as possible financial boosts.