Lionel Messi has made it plain he needs a gathering with the Barcelona hierarchy to type out his future, with Manchester Metropolis awaiting the end result.
The Argentina star’s future hangs within the stability after his dramatic switch request earlier this week, and his resolve to see via his determination to stop the Nou Camp after 20 years can be examined within the coming days.
On the face of it, Barca are standing agency on their place – that there’s a £630million launch payment in Messi ’s contract, they usually nonetheless hope the request was a shock tactic to attempt to pressure change on the Catalan membership.
There are stories in Spain that they’ve turned down his request for a gathering, which might be a case of firmly batting the ball again into Messi’s courtroom, if appropriate.
Messi has made threats earlier than, however he has by no means handed in a switch request, and the sturdy stories that he additionally spoke to Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola earlier than doing so, recommend this time is totally different.
The matter might but find yourself in courtroom, as Messi’s legal professionals really feel the clause in his contract permitting him to go away on a free switch earlier than June 10 needs to be prolonged as a result of distinctive circumstances of the pandemic lockdown.
Either side are eager to keep away from a courtroom battle which might sully the reputations of each the participant and the membership – and a battle for the center and minds of the Barcelona fan base is now underway.
Messi’s camp seems to have leaked the notion that Messi needs a face-to-face assembly with Barca’s high brass, however his intentions are unclear.
Given what has gone earlier than, it’s probably that he needs to enchantment to them to not stand in his method, after 20 years of loyal service, and to facilitate the transfer he needs by coming to a compromise take care of any shopping for membership.
Barca will see the assembly as one final likelihood to alter his thoughts, and former vice-president Emili Rousaud made it plain that they don’t really feel all hope is misplaced.
He stated: “I am not utterly certain that Messi goes to go away Barça. If Leo decides to go, there have to be a negotiation.”
Metropolis have studiously steered away from getting concerned in a state of affairs which, for the second, is strictly between Messi and Barcelona.
They’re ready to see how Barca react, and the steered assembly could be essential.
If Messi makes it plain in any assembly that his thoughts is made up, Barca should chunk the bullet and begin enthusiastic about what they may realistically get for him.
Their very own financial state of affairs – they’ve been hit laborious by the monetary results of the lockdown and have been stated to be in search of an 800million euros financial institution mortgage – and the will to land Metropolis defender Eric Garcia, can even determine of their considering.
There have been darkish whispers that they won’t budge from their present place, even when it meant Messi having to stump up the £630million launch payment himself, however that may be a PR catastrophe – and the concept that the participant could be pressured to remain for one more 12 months in opposition to his needs could be dangerous for all involved.
They need to comply with Messi’s request for a gathering for a similar causes, and they’re certain to make one ultimate bid to alter his thoughts.
If that fails, the switch machine will crank into motion and they’ll begin speaking to Metropolis – and every other golf equipment – with a view to driving up the payment as excessive as potential.
At that time Metropolis will maintain the aces, as they’re certain Messi needs a reunion with Guardiola and sees the Blues as the most effective wager to present him an excellent finish to his European profession.
However with Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and doubtless Inter Milan all , Barca have loads of leverage to drive up the value.
The following act within the drama will play out on Sunday, when Barcelona’s gamers are due again on the coaching floor for Covid-19 exams forward of a return to coaching on Monday.
There have been solutions Messi is not going to present in a bid to pressure the matter, however that may be legally unwise as he could be in breach of contract, and would additionally hand the membership a public relations benefit.