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Manchester United admit that Manchester City would be favorites to sign Lionel Messi

Of course!

Manchester City FC v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

It has been reported that a Manchester United staff member told the Sun that Manchester City would be the winners in a race to sign the world’s best, Lionel Messi.

“City would be the favorites if he were to one day leave, but we would obviously love to sign a player of that level.

“We can certainly compete on the cash front and Messi is an Adidas player like Paul Pogba, so we have our pluses.”

Messi's contract with Barcelona lasts until 2018, and while it was previously believed that he would finish his career at the club, his contract talks have reached a stagnant point, causing rumors that the Argentine yearns a change of scenery, with City and United immediately being linked with a move for the Argentine superstar.

Manchester City fans should not get their hopes up as this transfer is unlikely, but they will take pride in knowing that the Blue side of Manchester would be his favored destination, and even the crosstown rivals know that.

The reason is quite clear: Pep.