– Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona remains in doubt as the Argentine is furious with the club board
– Should he hand in a transfer request, potential clubs will be made to pay £631million to Barcelona
– Messi has the huge amount as a release clause, but his contract expires in 2021
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Lionel Messi’s quest to leave Barcelona has become a herculean task as the Catalan club demands a whopping £631million should the Argentine hand-in a transfer request, The Sun reports.
The 33-year-old is visibly furious with the Barcelona management and latest reports have it that the Argentine has threatened to quit the Catalan club.
It was gathered that Messi whose contract lapses in the summer of 2021, has told the club board to restructure the squad totally otherwise he would leave.
The multiple Ballon d’Or winner had a confidential chat with Barcelona new boss Ronald Koeman hours after the tactician was announced the manager, but details of the discussion were made public.
It was gathered that the playmaker is furious with the club for leaking details of the conversation to the media.
Recall that upon confirmation of his appointment, Koeman assured the club’s fans that he would try his best to make sure that the legend ends his career at Camp Nou.
Messi told the new boss that he does not see his future with the club anymore and hours later, details of that meeting was in the media.
Argentinian outlet Clarin claim that Messi has been left angry by the fact that the source of the leak – RAC1 – regularly backs president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
It adds that Messi thinks the Barcelona management intentionally fed the radio station the information just to paint him a bad guy.
But with one year left to run on his contract and Barcelona determined to keep their star man, it may not be easy for Messi to get out even if he wants to as £631million is almost impossible for any club at this time.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi could be reuniting with former team-mate Neymar as latest reports have it that French club and Champions League finalists Paris Saint Germain are set to battle for the Argentine’s signature.
The pair played at the Camp Nou for four years together and although Neymar is hoping to return to Barcelona, now Messi could move to join him.
However, the French club will be facing off with Juventus and Inter Milan who are also interested in the legend.
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