Lionel Messi could be available for as little as €100m, after a meeting between Josep Bartomeu and Lionel Messi’s father, Jorge Messi ended up in almost confirming the junior Messi’s departure.
We are currently in the midst of the biggest transfer tussle of the century with neither of the sides in the mood of backing down. While Barcelona, as well as La Liga, were insisting that Lionel Messi’s humungous €700m release clause must be met for him to leave Camp Nou, the Argentine magician kept insisting that he can leave on a free transfer courtesy of a clause, which allowed him to leave for free at the end of each season.
This clause was the real bone of contention with the term “end of the season” pretty vague owing to the COVID-19 delays, with Barca insisting that the clause expired on June 01, the traditional end of the European footballing season. But now, at last, a decision does seem to be presenting itself on the horizon.
No chances for a U-turn-
According to the coming reports, the meeting between FC Barcelona President and Jorge Messi has ended in heartbreak for the Catalans after Jorge Messi confirmed that the chances of his son taking a u-turn are negligible.
On his arrival in Barcelona, Lionel Messi’s father was surrounded by a hoard of reporters who kept asking him questions about his son’s future.
Jorge Messi: “The future [of Lionel Messi] at Barça – difficult, difficult.”
— Man City Xtra (@City_Xtra) September 2, 2020
The initial reply was: “I don’t know. There’s nothing yet.”, before labeling the entire situation as difficult.
On being probed further about a potential move to Manchester City, Jorge Messi denied rumors of any such discussions either with Pep Guardiola or the Man City board at the moment.
While until now it seemed certain that the matter would be decided in the court of law, the emerging reports do suggest that a mutual consensus could be on the cards following the meeting between Bartemou and the senior Messi.
Messi in Manchester-a rumor, a dream and now a possibility
Ever since the entire matter of the messiah leaving the Catalans had come to the fore, the football romantics have been obsessing over the idea of a possible reunion between Pep Guardiola and the prodigy he gave to the world.
Should the transfer materialize , it would most likely also include a contract for the Argentine to spend the later part of his career at New York City FC, another of the City Football group subsidiaries in MLS.
And while until now the situation had been at an impasse, the latest developments do suggest that Lionel Messi could finally be seen donning Man City’s navy blue jersey.