Speaking exclusively to The Transfer Tavern, former Manchester City player Paul Stewart believes his old side signing Lionel Messi was a possibility had they not bought Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.
The Premier League champions acquired Grealish for £100m last week, while Messi joined Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday on a free transfer after being unable to put pen to paper on a new deal at Barcelona due to La Liga’s financial fair play rules.
PSG will now be hoping that they can finally land the club’s first Champions League trophy following Messi’s arrival.
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Had Grealish not have joined City, though, Stewart thinks it could have been them making an assault on European football’s most prestigious prize with Messi at the helm.
“If the Grealish deal hadn’t been completed and for whatever reason Grealish didn’t go, I think that [Messi] could’ve been a distinct possibility,” Stewart told TT.
“But when I look at the wealth of talent in there, we need not forget [Kevin] De Bruyne, so many attacking players. But Messi is one of the best two players in the world.”
PSG will no doubt be the team to beat in the Champions League now, but anything can happen in football and City will be confident of another successful run in the tournament after reaching last season’s final.
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