Playing devil's advocate here but what if there is some substance to these reports that Pep was trying to convince Messi to stay. Along the lines of :
- I'm not going to extend my contract at City
- Koeman is just a stop-gap and he is aware of this
- I'm coming back to Barca when my contract at city ends
- I want you to still be here when I come back
You foRgot to Add he is takinG kevin de bRuyne And Gabriel jesus and bernaRdo silvA alonG as well.
(oh dear looks like I'm having trouble with my caps lock)