WITHIN NIGERIA recalls that Messi made his intentions to leave the LaLiga club via fax.
Several top European teams have been placed on high-alert, including City and Paris Saint-Germain.
However, Messi prefers a reunion with Pep Guardiola, who he worked with for four years at the Camp Nou.
It is believed his father is discussing a two-year deal with City, although there are still question marks over if the Premier League side will have to pay a transfer fee.
Messi believes he can activate a clause in his contract, which makes him a free agent at the end of a Barcelona season.
However, Barca insisted that the clause expired in June, which would mean either Messi or City would have to pay the players 630million release clause at the club.