The 33-year-old superstar has told authorities at Camp Nou of his desire to leave the club this summer
Lionel Messi has told FC Barcelona he wants to leave the club, however could face a huge legal battle over his contract ahead of any proposed move.
Messi, who has a contract until 2021 and a €700 million release clause, has grown unhappy at performances on the pitch — especially in Europe — in recent seasons and has also been frustrated by mismanagement at the top level.
Manchester City is among the clubs keen to sign Messi. They are crunching the numbers to work out if it’s financially possible, while sources have told ESPN Messi has already spoken with City coach Pep Guardiola, who he previously played under at Barca.
However, the Argentine’s camp reportedly believes the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the campaign means that the deadline should be pushed back to the end of August, with Barcelona having only played its last game on August 14.
He clashed with former sporting director Eric Abidal earlier this season and was critical of the club for leaking information about negotiations over a wage cut at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to “exert pressure on the players.”