The organisation behind the Spanish football competition La Liga has taken a stand in the dispute between FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi. In a transfer of the Argentinean star, an interested club has to put 700 million euros on the table.
That amount is in the departure clause of Messi, who himself relies on an agreement with the club management that he can leave free of charge after each season.
Messi was absent Sunday morning at the mandatory coronation test in the run-up to the new season. As a result, the attacker is not allowed to train at FC Barcelona for the time being.
The new trainer Ronald Koeman, who will be present at the tests on Sunday morning, wants to build up his new team around Messi.
Monday afternoon at half past six the first training of the new season is scheduled.
Messi and Guardiola?
Manchester City is considered the most important candidate to possibly capture Messi. At City, Pep Guardiola, who worked with Messi for years in Catalonia, is the head coach.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu refuses to negotiate a departure with the Argentinean. The president knows very well that no club will pay that amount of money. But he doesn’t want to go down in history as the president who sold Messi. On the other hand, if Messi stays another season, he will be transfer free next year.
Luis Suárez, his crony at the forefront, did show up at the test. He can leave Koeman.