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Lionel Messi odds on next club after Barcelona exit with Liverpool in transfer running

With the news breaking on Thursday night that Lionel Messi will be ending his 21-year association with Barcelona due to the club's ongoing financial problems, the discussion has already begun as to where the six-time BallonD'or winner will play next season.

At present, Manchester City and PSG are the two sides heavily linked with attracting Messi's signature over the coming weeks, due to their superior financial powers.

PSG remain the favourite for his signature with almost every bookmaker, with odds as short as 10/11 being displayed.

A reunion with Pep Guardiola, at Liverpool's title rivals Manchester City, is the second most likely outcome at 5/1 according to the majority of the betting sites, and there is no surprise given the backing of wealthy owner Sheikh Mansour.

Messi and Guardiola were part of the Barcelona side that cleaned up every trophy in sight during the 2008/2009 season, and the Spaniard has always spoken positively of his relationship with La Liga star.

It is thought that given the sheer financial demands of Messi’s contract, only a handful of clubs in Europe would be able to engineer a move for Barcelona’s former captain – despite no transfer fee being required.

But despite that ruling out large amounts of European clubs, that hasn’t stopped the odds from being drawn up.

And although you'd have to be a bit more optimistic to hope that Messi will be part of Jurgen Klopp's forward cavalry as a move to Anfield, he is currently priced at 25/1.

Liverpool's city neighbours Everton are further down on the list to secure the Argentines signature this summer, as they are currently priced at 50/1 alongside Rafa Benitez's former club Napoli.

Messi is also 2/1 to remain at Barcelona and 20/1 to join Manchester United or Chelsea.

Odds are via Oddschecker and Sky Bet.

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