After spending about 20 years at the club, Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest footballer of this generation wants to leave his dream club. Till now it was a joke and rumour which almost no one cared because Messi always wants to retire at Camp Nou.
However, this is the closest-ever this situation has gone through as Messi faxed the club on Tuesday that he wants to leave. The forward has a clause in his contract that allows him to walk away for free, after each season that expired on June 11.
This time the season has been stretched longer due to the Coronavirus pandemic, so technically Messi still has this month to ask to leave for free. The Barcelona board wants to go through a legal scrap with Messi this time.
According to a report by El Pais, Fifa will NOT stand in Messi’s way if he wants a swift Barcelona exit. They see the transfer as perfectly valid – and even if Barca want to go to CAS – it could be resolved quickly.
It is reported that the English club has about 300 million euros to invest in signings this summer and they have already started calculating how they can afford Messi.
According to El Mundo journalist Francesc Aguilar, Manchester City football chief Ferran Soriano has “has made it known to Messi that the club are capable of financing the operation even if they are forced to pay a transfer [fee].”
The news of Manchester City could finance a deal for Messi has sent shockwaves through the football world. If this transfer happens this would definitely be the biggest signing ever to arrive in English football.
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