The Lionel Messi transfer saga has once again been headline news around the world on Wednesday.
Messi eyeing exit
It is, of course, widely known now that Messi is trying to angle an exit from Barcelona.
Following the La Liga side’s latest Champions League collapse vs Bayern Munich, it appears the Argentine has finally had enough of life at Barcelona.
It was reported in late August that Messi had informed the Blaugrana of his desire to leave the club.
To leave the Spanish powerhouse, Messi appears to be aiming to exercise a clause in his contract which allows him to leave for free at the end of any given season, provided that sufficient notice is provided.
To use this clause during a normal campaign, Messi is reportedly required to inform Barca of his desire to move on in May. This year, however, due to Covid-19, the Catalan outfit believe that their star man should have done so in June.
La Liga also backed Barcelona’s stance in an official statement which claimed Messi can only depart if his release clause is met.
Messi father in Barca
Said release clause is believed to stand at €700m, a sum which you would imagine no side in football would be willing to pay for a 33-year-old Messi.
Despite this though, Messi seems to believe his time at the Camp Nou is up already.
The father and representative of Lionel Messi, Jorge, has now arrived in Barcelona ahead of showdown talks with the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the rest of the hierarchy.
Lionel Messi’s father and agent has touched down in Spain for crunch talks with the Barcelona hierarchy over his son’s future.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 2, 2020
And after arriving in Barcelona, Jorge was, inevitably, drawn on his son’s Barca future, to which he responded:
“A future at Barcelona? It is difficult. It would be difficult to stay.”
Then, when quizzed on City’s interest in the Blaugrana hitman, Jorge responded:
“I haven’t talked with Pep. There is nothing yet with City.”
An update on Manchester City’s Lionel Messi stance has also been provided on Wednesday and it does appear to be in line with Jorge’s recent comments.
As per El Pais, City are waiting for Messi to proclaim he has left Barcelona before negotiating his signing.
It is added that Man City do not want to maintain a dispute with Barça or wait for a judicial resolution of the player’s conflict with his current club. Most crucially of all though, City are not believed to want to pay a transfer fee for the Argentine.