Lionel Messi 16/1 to complete Man City transfer despite Barcelona announcement

Surely there's got to be a few more U-turns yet?

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With his statement that he will remain at Barcelona this season, the Lionel Messi transfer saga has come to an end.

Or has it?

In a period ripe for embarrassing, high-profile U-turns, Paddy Power make it 16/1 that the Argentine wizard completes a move to Manchester City this summer after all.

In what has been as episodic a saga as the Star Wars franchise – probably – the betting has veered wildly from one extreme to another. A week ago, Messi was odds-on to be reunited with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.

Now, betting has been suspended on the market – and it’s odds against (5/2) that Messi doesn’t renew his contract at Barcelona next summer.

Spokesman Paddy Power said: “Messi joining Man City was ridiculous, unbelievable, and yet kind of a formality in recent days.

“This twist appears to have ruled the transfer out – for this weekend, anyway.”

THE CHANGING ODDS OF A TRANSFER SAGA

Friday 28th, 2.45pm: Evens to stay at Barcelona, 8/11 to go to Man City

Sunday 30th, 10am: 13/8 to stay

2.15pm: 8/11 to stay

Thursday 3rd September, 10am: 4/6 to stay, 11/10 to go

12pm:  1/5 to stay, 10/3 to go

Friday 4th 1.30pm: 5/6 to stay, 5/6 to go

3.30pm: 1/10 to stay, 11/2 to go

5pm: Betting suspended on staying, 16/1 to go

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