Opportunistic punters have caused Lionel Messi’s odds of joining Man City this summer to take a tumble.
A spate of bets in the wake of comments from former Barcelona President Joan Laporta, have seen the bookies slash Messi’s odds of making the move to 9/1, from 20/1.
Laporta has been quoted this week saying there are ‘powers at Barcelona who no longer want Messi as a player’.
Any reunion between Messi and his former coach Pep Guardiola would also be a certainty to smash the current world record £86m fee Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale.
A Ladbrokes spokesperson said: “Messi to Man City wouldn’t just be the transfer of the summer – it would be the transfer of the century.
“ A number of fans are clearly getting excited about Man City pulling off the feat and the odds are looking less distant by the hour.”
Guardiola will kick-off his new era when City host Sunderland on the opening weekend, and it’s 1/5 the former Barca man begins with a win.
But will he begin with Messi in his team once more?
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.