City are waiting now. Since the takeover they’ve been ready to pounce if Messi were to leave Barca and they’ve had near misses. This time they’ve done what they have to do and are waiting to see what happens next in Barcelona. Bartomeu out? Can Messi leave on a free?
Messi stays at Barca
He does want out... but can he leave on a free? That’s what City want. Messi might need a legal battle with Barca for that.
He can’t leave on a free but does want to go. What would City pay/Barca want?
Another club make a bigger play
Personally I’m still sceptical. Maybe this is Messi’s biggest play yet to get the sporting project he wants at Barca. It’s always been unlikely that he’ll leave. Personally I still feel it is unlikely, but this is as close as it’ll ever get. So City are waiting - like this