LIONEL MESSI could leave Barcelona on a free transfer next summer, according to Spanish football expert Terry Gibson.
Messi is yet to sign the new contract he agreed earlier in the summer and has grown frustrated with the club in the transfer market.
Messi is worried Barcelona have not added enough quality following the departure of Neymar and fears being left behind by rivals Real Madrid.
Manchester City are interested in signing Messi and would lay down the red carpet to him if ever given an indication he is willing to join.
Pep Guardiola would be ready to do everything he can to sign the Argentina super star.
And Gibson thinks a move away from Barcelona is now a possibility.
“I always thought Lionel Messi, like Andres Iniesta and Xavi, would spend the bulk of the serious part of his career at Barcelona,” Gibson told La Liga Weekly.
“For years I found it hard to envisage how anyone could afford to take Messi away from Barcelona, but now we’ve seen the emergence of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.