The Telegraph reports that Manchester City can negotiate a pre-contract with Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in January.
It is noted that with the Catalan club the Argentinean has no plans to discuss his future before the end of the season.
Till 30 June 2021 forward’s current contract with Barca is valid.
Presidential elections for Barcelona are scheduled for March, after which the new management may proceed to extend the current Messi agreement.
However, other clubs, along with Man City, have the option of negotiating a future contract earlier.
The club would consider signing the player if he left Blaugrana, said Manchester Chief Football Operations Officer Omar Berrada previously.