February 19 US Paper Talk: Lionel Messi heading to New York City via Manchester City

City Football Group deal would see Argentinian move to MLS after Etihad stint but Luis Suarez to US is a no-go.

SOCCER: Lionel Messi could be playing in MLS as early as 2023.

As part of an eight-year-deal, Manchester City have offered Messi a two-year playing contract at the Etihad with a 12-month option.

The Argentinian would then play two seasons in MLS with sister club New York City before carrying out ambassadorial roles for the City Football Group, which covers ten clubs across four continents. (Sun)

SOCCER: Luis Suarez has ruled out a move to MLS, saying he wants to finish his career in Europe. (Le Meilleur du Football)

SOCCER: Bournemouth have made an official approach to CF Montreal to hold talks with Thierry Henry and he could be installed as Cherries boss as early as next week. (Daily Mirror)

Thierry Henry is being heavily linked with a move to Bournemouth
Thierry Henry is being heavily linked with a move to Bournemouth

SOCCER: LA Galaxy are still negotiating with Boca Juniors for Cristian Pavon's return. The player has told Boca he wants to leave. (TyC Sports)

SOCCER: Inter Miami target Ryan Shawcross has had his Stoke City contract terminated by mutual consent. (stokecityfc.com)

SOCCER: Manchester City and USWNT midfielder Sam Mewis has said it is "too early" to say whether she will stay in England or return to the US after her contract expires at the end of the season. (Sky Sports)

SOCCER: Atlanta United are hoping to be able to admit fans to their Champions League second leg game against Alajuelense on April 13, Gabriel Heinze's first home game in charge. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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BASEBALL: Phillies' JT Realmuto is confident he will be back for the season opener on April 1 despite having broken his thumb two days into spring training. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

WRESTLING: Former pro wrestlers are taking their case to the US Supreme Court after having lawsuits against World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) dismissed.

Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka, Joseph 'Road Warrior Animal' Laurinaitis, Paul 'Mr Wonderful' Orndorff, Chris 'King Kong Bundy' Pallies and Harry Masayoshi Fujiwara, known as Mr Fuji, are among those who claim WWE failed to protect them from repeated head injuries despite knowing the risks. (AP)

FIGURE SKATING: Olympic pairs bronze medalist and renowned coach Peter Oppegard is being investigated by the United States Center for SafeSport after allegedly biting a female skater on the arm during a training session.

Oppegard is also alleged to have thrown hot water and coffee at skaters he coached. (USA Today)

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