Reports have linked Manchester City to a
£200 million move for the Argentine star
but his coach is more focused on his
fitness ahead of Wednesday’s game
Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique says
he has no idea if Manchester City could
make an offer for Lionel Messi in the near
future, but says he is fit to feature against
Celtic on Wednesday.
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The Catalan side are hoping to tie the
Argentine star to a new contract, but have
to overcome some financial obstacles
before they will be in a position to offer
him a deal.
Reports have suggested City could launch
an audacious £200 million move for Messi,
who missed his side’s 0-0 draw with
Malaga at the weekend through illness.
However, the coach had no interest in
discussing such rumours and instead
turned to the player’s fitness, stating that
both he and Gerard Pique, who sustained a
foot injury in Saturday’s game, will play in
the Champions League match in Glasgow.
“I don’t know. I have no idea,” was the
coach’s response to questions on his
knowledge of a potential deal at Tuesday’s
“I only saw him this morning. It wasn’t the
best conditions to assess whether he is
ready to play, but Leo is always ready to
“Lionel is always ready to play and I’m
sure he will be ready to face Celtic. He is
100% and eager to give the best version of
On Pique, Luis Enrique added: “He’s good,
he received a little injury to his foot, but in
general he is fine and we hope he can
Barca romped to a 7-0 win over Celtic in
their opening Group C encounter, but Luis
Enrique expects a match more like their
previous visit to Britain before the
international break – a 3-1 loss at former
boss Pep Guardiola’s City.
Celtic must win and hope City fail to do
likewise at Borussia Monchengladbach to
keep alive their hopes of progressing, while
victory will secure Barca’s seemingly
inevitable qualification for the last 16.
“I haven’t used any images of the game at
Camp Nou, it won’t be like that,” Luis
“Possibly it is going to be more like the
game against City.