Lionel Messi reportedly remains keen to leave Barcelona as soon as possible, leaving Manchester City to consider a bid for the forward in January.
The Premier League giants had wanted to sign the 33-year-old earlier this year, only for the hierarchy at the Catalan giants to insist that a £630m release clause must be activated.
According to The Sun, City may look to complete a deal for the Argentine during the January window, whether that be for a fee or on a pre-contract agreement.
Unless Messi has a change of heart, he will be able to hold discussions with foreign clubs at the beginning of 2021.
While Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be in the running, the French side are only interested in a free transfer at the end of the campaign.