A Messi divorce? Traders slash odds on Lionel joining Man City

YES! We've finally got a transfer rumour to stick our teeth into...

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Ladies and gentlemen, we might have found ourselves the next big transfer saga. Goodie.

But the increasing emergence of Manchester City as a Catalan outpost – ooh, topical – has long-fuelled speculation that the World’s Greatest Player™ Lionel Messi might reunite with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.

Cue laughter from Old Trafford.

But that fantasy link has become more legitimate over the course of this season, as Messi’s contract stalemate with Barcelona means the Argentine can speak to other clubs from January 1st.

That’s enough for our traders to take the rumour seriously, cutting the price of Messi joining City in January from 25/1 to 16/1 overnight, as speculation ramps up.

Spokesman Paddy Power said: “It’s not going to happen. Is it? After the Neymar fiasco, though, who knows what bodge job Barcelona might perform next – still, at least they have a ready-made replacement in Gerard Deulofeu.

“The fact that City will even be able to talk to Messi in January is a terrifying prospect for the rest of the Premier League. And Raheem Sterling, who had just rediscovered his form.”

Shoot over to the latest football odds on PaddyPower.com

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