About a week ago, football fans were stunned as the sport’s all-time great Lionel Messi said that he wants to leave FC Barcelona. After the humiliating defeat of 8-2 against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals, the club has been looking to make a lot of changes. Firstly, they fired Quique Setien, who was the head coach for the Barcelona team. Secondly, they fired Eric Abidal who was the Sporting Director. Soon after that, reports started coming that Barcelona has put the entire team for sale excluding 7 members. Those players were Lionel Messi, Ter Stegen, Frenkie De Jong, Griezmann, Clement Lenglet, Nelson Semedo, and Dembele. They also mentioned that the young blood Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati were also not for sale. This whole process of rebuilding the team hit Barcelona all of a sudden when Messi said that he wants to leave.
After Josep Maria Bartomeu announced the list of players who were untouchable and not for sale, Messi sent a fax to the board asking them to activate his clause. There is a clause in Messi’s contract that allows him to leave the Spanish club for free. Messi’s father Jorge was even in talks with Manchester City which is said to be the Argentinian striker’s next destination. The sole reason for a move to City would be his partnership with Pep Guardiola. Amidst all this, Neymar and Di Maria also tried to convince Leo to come to PSG. But, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is keen on joining the Premier League giants only. City are also trying their best to land Messi at the Etihad stadium.
Will Messi force his way out of Barcelona?
Barcelona started testing its players for COVID-19 after the players came back from their vacation. But, Messi did not show up at the testing. Barcelona will be starting their season on 27th September, 2020 against Villareal. Until then, if Messi does not join training after getting tested, he could be fined. The Barcelona Board could also slam him with a fee-cut. The Barcelona Board is arguing with the Argentinian that the free agent clause expired on 10th June. But, Messi’s lawyer says that the clause is still active as the season ended late due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, there is an ugly battle going on between Messi and the club’s board.
Amidst all this, La Liga also tweeted that Messi is not a free agent as the clause had expired earlier only. This only makes matters worse. Even if there was the slightest chance that Messi was going to stay, now he will definitely not want to stay after the next season. His contract with the Catalans is until 2021. After that, he is a free agent and can join whichever club he likes. His most preferred club right now is Manchester City as he is eager to link up with his former coach Guardiola. Reports are also stating that the Barcelona Board could meet Lionel Messi and Manchester City to negotiate terms over his transfer. City might also be willing to offer a mind-boggling amount of money for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
What are Manchester City willing to offer for Lionel Messi?
Earlier, City had made an offer of Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva, and Eric Garcia along with €100 million. But, soon the Premier League giants announced that they will not be letting go of their star players Silva, Jesus, and Mahrez. After that, reports emerged that City will sign Messi if he is a free agent only. They will be signing a 4-year contract with him. As per the deal, he will play 3 seasons in the English Premier League and the remaining at City’s MLS club. If Leo signs this contract, his fans will surely be upset as he will be moving to play in MLS after 3 years. It is difficult to say right now what will happen with all the things tangled. We hope that the Argentinian star gets to play at the club of his choice and keeps smashing new records like he always has.