Lionel Messi has spent his whole career in Spain for the Catalan club but may be about to leave the side as contract negotiations stall.
Both Manchester clubs are on red alert after Barcelona claimed they will not break the bank to keep Lionel Messi.
Man United and City would jump at the chance of bringing the Argentina superstar, 29, to the Premier League.
The Argentinean superstar could leave Barcelona after it was revealed they will struggle to afford his mega-money new deal.
And Barca CEO Oscar Grau admitted: “We have to be very strict with the budgets, we can’t go crazy.”
Man City are prepared to pay a £100million transfer fee and hand Messi a record £800,000-a-week five-year deal to reunite him with ex-Barca boss Pep Guardiola. Messi has just 18 months left on his deal at the Nou Camp.
But £400,000-a-week contracts for strikers Neymar and Luis Suarez mean Barcelona are close to breaking Uefa’s financial fair-play laws.
A new Mess1 deal could top the £500,000-a-week Cristiano Ronaldo gets at Real Madrid.