Barcelona has gone to great lengths to compromise on the issue of Lionel Messi’s transfer. According to British media Mirror, the Catalan club is willing to release the world’s best player to Manchester City for 280 million euros.
The price is well below the nominal release clause of 700 million euros. Previously, Blaugrana insisted on asking fan clubs to redeem it with the release clause. Even so, City’s lawyers are still examining clauses in Messi’s contract to find a loophole so they can get the la Pulga striker for free.
Yes that right, under Messi’s contract clause there is an agreement that the player can break the contract with the club and leave for free when his contract is a year away. However, that clause is valid until 30 May 2020 or until the 2019/2020 season ends in normal time.
Until that date, Messi did not activate the clause. However, La Pulga believes the deadline clause should go backward along with the shifting competition schedule due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, Messi has confirmed his return to play for Barcelona.
Most recently, he refused to do the Covid-19 test as one of the protocols of each club starting training. The megastar is closing in on Etihad Stadium. He is reported to have held a meeting with City Coach Pep Guardiola to discuss the process of his move to the club.
The only remaining details are whether Messi signs with City with Barcelona’s blessing or his move will be the most controversial transfer in football history to be decided by FIFA or the Court of Sports Arbitration.