Any attempt by Manchester City to lure Lionel Messi to the Etihad Stadium would be 'complicated', admits his international team mate Sergio Aguero.
Messi's contract at Barcelona expires next summer and he is free to talk to clubs outside of Spain from January 1 onwards.
City are among those at the front of the queue to bring in Messi if he decides to leave Barca, and Aguero says he would 'love' his fellow forward to come to Manchester.
Man City luring Lionel Messi to the Etihad Stadium would be 'complicated', says Sergio Aguero
Aguero says he would 'love' his fellow Argentina forward to come to Manchester next season
Messi's contract expires next summer and he is free to talk to clubs outside Spain from January
Aguero told Argentine broadcaster TyC Sport: 'The money isn't a problem here, but I think Messi, like Ronaldo, is a player who is a symbol of their club and it's difficult for them to leave. I would love to have Leo on my team, but that seems quite complicated.
Messi is still yet to sign a new deal at Barca, where he has spent his entire career, despite several claims from the club management that the renewal has taken place.
The Argentina superstar underlined his quality on Tuesday by scoring a hat-trick to send his nation to the 2018 World Cup with a 3-1 win in Ecuador.
Messi showed his quality on Tuesday by scoring a hat-trick to send Argentina to the World Cup
Aguero missed the game after breaking his ribs in a car crash in Amsterdam, where he had gone to watch a concert on a day off from City.
Although the crash happened less than two weeks ago, Aguero could be in line to return for Saturday's Premier League visit to Stoke City.
Speaking about the accident, Aguero defended himself, saying: 'When a player has a free day at Manchester City, most of the players go to London, others to Italy, some to Spain.
'I still do not know if I am going to play on Saturday. Today I trained normally, but without the group. Tomorrow I will get into the group to see how I feel.'