The problem is, however, that the coronavirus crisis has severely impacted the club – and big-money signings are currently out of the question.
Barcelona have spent badly in recent years, with Philippe Coutinho, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele all struggling since their respective arrivals from Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
And with the club unable to afford the world’s best players, they may struggle to meet Messi’s ‘main requirement’.
PSG are keen to sign Messi at the end of the campaign, with Pochettino dreaming of deploying the Argentine alongside Mbappe, Kean and Neymar in his attack.
But City are keen, too, with the veteran previously playing under Pep Guardiola at Barcelona.