What gives this an interesting slant is where the links first started coming from – Paris Saint Germain.
The Qatari owners have been making it abundantly clear in certain circles that they would not be in the market for the best player in the world, despite their vast resources.
And they are already of the firm belief that if Messi does leave the Camp Nou, the Etihad will be his next destination.
Now it isn’t too much of stretch to think that Sheikh Mansour and Al Thani might have had this type of conversation whilst once discussing the oil price over dried dates. The Qatar Foundation are also the primary shirt sponsors at Barca.
City have met twice in the last 12 months with super agents that have included Pini Zahavi and Jorge Mendes.
These took place at a mansion house rental close to Wentworth golf course and also offices in Mayfair.
It’s understood one of those meetings, however, was to discuss the possibility of signing Messi’s Barca team-mate Andres Iniesta, although the player wanted to sit tight in the summer of 2012.
City’s Director of Football Txiki Begiristain is ‘very close’ to Messi’s father Jorge and has been kept in the loop on certain ongoing issues the player has with his club.
Jorge is the man all roads lead to, forget anybody else.
He still holds an offer from a City intermediary, prior to the Kaka debacle, which spells out ten million reasons why a move to City could be in his interests.
Perhaps one of the most intriguing snippets to have been banged on the jungle drums is a supposed ‘memo of understanding’ between the Messi camp and ourselves.
Barcelona are well aware of what chatter has been going on in certain circles and it is perhaps one of the main drivers behind their aggressive stance towards both Txiki and Soriano in recent months.
Is Messi about to rock up at the Etihad anytime soon?
Let’s put it this way, don’t bet everything you have against it, as fanciful as all this talk sounds.