Reports from Spanish newspapers AS and Marca today have suggested that Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is growing disillusioned with the regime installed at the Nou Camp by Luis Enrique.
Enrique’s authoritarianism has fuelled speculation that Messi could leave the club with Chelsea mentioned, because he started following them on Instagram, and Manchester City linked this morning, because of their wealthy owners.
However, there could be a club in England in a better position than either of them to secure Messi and handle the profile of the move if it ever happened; Manchester United.
All three clubs have the resources to be able to pull off a deal for Messi, but United have several advantages which work in their favour.
The first is that they could handle the cost of the deal in terms of personal terms.
United already have two players earning £300,000 and above in the form of Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao, which shows they have the experience through their infrastructure to cope with big money wages.
While Manchester City boast Sergio Aguero and Chelsea boast Jose Mourinho, United boast Louis van Gaal and Angel Di Maria.
Van Gaal is significant because he’s proven throughout his career that he can handle the profile and egos of big star players, without creating friction which becomes problematic for the club.
United have also proven in the past, in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo, that they can handle everything that comes with having a world class, superstar type player in their playing squad.
The reason Di Maria would be better for Messi than Aguero is because he plays in a different position.
Di Maria is a more creative player than Aguero, who is a centre forward and similar to Messi in terms of his job being to score goals and convert chances.
Messi has a great relationship with both of his Argentina teammates but Di Maria is more likely to put chances on a plate.
United look good to secure Champions League football for next season, which is important because it will be a factor should Messi push for a move away from the Nou Camp.
If United endure a quiet January as they look to soften the blow after big spending last summer then who knows, if Messi is available, they may well make him their priority for the summer and could stand a slight chance of getting him.