Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi reportedly remains keen to leave Camp Nou as soon as possible, leaving Manchester City to launch a bid for the Argentine in January.
City wanted to sign the Barca man earlier this year, only for the hierarchy at the Spanish giants to insist that a £630m release clause must be activated.
According to The Sun, the Citizens may look to complete a deal for the 33-year-old forward at the midway point of the campaign.
Unless the South American has a change of heart, he will be able to hold discussions with foreign clubs at the turn of the year.
While the Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be in the race to sign Messi, whose contract runs until the end of June 2021.