Lionel Messi has been linked with a move away from Barcelona this transfer window.
Messi’s future continues to make more headlines after Barca’s humiliating loss against Bayern Munich 8-2 in the Champions League.
His contract with the club expires next year and new Barca boss Ronald Koeman is confident of returning the La Liga giants to their former glory.
Gary Lineker who spent three years at Barca between 1986 and 1989 is excited at the prospect of the Argentine star making a move to the Premier League
“It’s sad because you’ve got a generation of players who have been great and have won a lot, but old father time catches up with everyone and it’s brutal, particularly in football,” Lineker told talkSPORT.
“Koeman has got one hell of a job on his hands, this is going to be a massive transition period.
“It would be interesting to see whether Messi does stay or leave, and it would be very sad for Barcelona, but at the same time it would be very sad to see his last couple of years at the top just peter out in an ordinary team.
“Imagine if he did come to the Premier League, say a club like Manchester City, which is the obvious link because of Guardiola.
“With all the investment at City and the club want to turn into a global brand, who better than someone who had got hundreds of millions of fans all around the world?
“It would do it instantly. All of a sudden Manchester City would have fans all over the world.
“For one of the new money clubs like City, it takes a long time to build that fan base. So you could see there would be an interest, and that’s aside from the fact he’s also the most magical footballer I think we’ve ever seen.”