Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has taken a big turn in his pursuit of Lionel Messi, reports Mundo Deportivo.
It is understood that City is willing to abandon the idea of signing Messi from Barcelona this summer.
Former Premier League champions believe the transfer is not financially viable, and Barca insist the 33-year-old will not leave as a free agent.
LaLiga has also issued a statement in which it makes it clear that any potential buyer must pay Messi’s 700 million euro buyout clause.
Guardiola has reportedly told the six-time Ballon d’Or winner that he would be better off staying at the Camp Nou, where he has been since he was 13.
City do not want to draw the attention of football authorities any more, having been forced to pay a fine of 10 million euros this year for breaking UEFA rules.