– Lionel Messi’s imminent exit at Barcelona is causing serious confusion at the club
– The Argentine has handed the Catalan giants his transfer request
– Barcelona presidential candidate and ex-director says the player must pay £628m if he intends to leave
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Lionel Messi has been told he lacks respect and the only condition that will see him leave Barcelona peacefully is if he pays the club £628million to cancel Barcelona contract, Mirror reports.
Barcelona have been dealt a major problem after the 33-year-old informed the club he wants to leave this summer.
Messi reportedly made up his mind to walk away from the club which he made his home for 15 years after talks with new boss Ronald Koeman.
Reports from tycsports.com indicate that the Argentine maestro made his intentions to leave Barca known via a bureaufax message.
It is understood that the Barcelona legend is ready to activate a clause that would enable him to terminate his contract with the club.
But the club claims Messi had until June 10 to terminate the contract and that it is in the hands of the legal services at this point.
Messi had one of the most unforgiving seasons of his otherwise glittery career in 2019/2020, in a campaign which was summed up by a humiliating defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final.
And according to presidential candidate and ex-director at the Toni Freixa, Messi handled the issue in a very unfortunate way adding that the only option the Argentine has is to pay the club£628million then he can leave.
“I am not overly concerned about Messi leaving because everything has an end,” he told Radio Marca.
“What is important is that he did it in such an unfortunate way and without respecting the club.
“I am surprised and disappointed as a Barcelona man. I am disappointed by what Messi has done.
“The contracts are to be fulfilled and what Messi has to do is come with €700m (£628m) and leave.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester City and rivals United have emerged favourites to land want-away Barcelona star Lionel Messi this summer.
And bookies have quickly tipped Man City as Messi’s possible destination once the forward dumps the Catalan giants.
Ladbrokes have City at 5/2 ahead of Inter, United and Paris Saint-Germain as the likeliest club who could sign the 33-year-old.
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