Naturally, City are one of the leaders due to the wealth at their disposal and the history between Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola, however, they are not the favourites they once were.
Both Messi and Guardiola built one of the greatest player-manager partnerships ever witnessed, winning two Champions League titles and a La Liga in each year they played together and built this Barcelona empire that we know today.
Guardiola’s presence is likely to be the driving force to obtain Messi, whilst after another disastrous Champions League campaign and another year with no title, the Argentine may look towards City to regain this trophy-winning era.
Now, with no buyout clause and the simpler logistics of wages and personal details all that is needed to be concluded, this is still a deal that could go through at 5/1.
Another factor could be the kind words of Sergio Aguero, who is now a Barcelona player after a decade with Manchester City. Messi's compatriot is the godfather of his children and both players remain as close as ever and no doubt the two were looking forward to playing together in Barcelona.
Perhaps Aguero will motivate and get in the ear of Messi to try and force this one through. Messi transfer offs to City are currently at 5/1.