Leo Messi’s free agent exit clause
Huge news for Barcelona and Leo Messi fans.
ESPN have announced on Monday that Messi will remain at the Camp Nou for the next 12-months.
The 32-year-old Argentine legend is under contract at Barcelona until 2021.
In recent months, there has been plenty of chatter over whether Messi would leave the Catalans at the end of 2019-20.
Pique on Messi: “I know that Leo is able to leave for free at the end of each season. But we all know the commitment he has to Barca and it doesn’t worry me at all. He’s earned the right to be able to choose what he does with his future after everything he’s given the club.”
— Goal (@goal) September 6, 2019
Messi carved out a specific clause in his last Barcelona contract, which was signed in 2017. As reported in ESPN:
A clause was included that he could leave for nothing in the summer of 2020 as long as he communicated his decision to Barca before June.
— Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) June 1, 2020
Messi’s exit clause expires
However, ESPN now report that that clause has expired:
Multiple sources at Barca have told ESPN that the actual deadline was May 30, coinciding with the date when this season’s Champions League final was supposed to take place in Istanbul.
ESPN contacted Messi’s camp for confirmation, too, but they said, as a rule, “we don’t speak about contractual issues.”
Barcelona fans will now expect their club to work feverishly at trying to agree a new contract with Messi to ensure he remains at the club past 2021.
While Messi has previously indicated his desire to finish his career at the Camp Nou, he’s also discussed playing for Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys.
More insight into Messi’s expired exit clause
Man City to complete Nelson Semedo signing
Sticking with Barcelona transfer news, Man City are reportedly poised to complete the signing of Nelson Semedo this week, according to Sport.
On the front page of the paper on Monday, Sport claim that Man City are willing to pay €40 million for the Barcelona full-back Semedo.
🗞️ — ‘Semedo 40M ‘[sport]
• Barça could close Semedo’s transfer to Manchester City this week.
• The English club might include Cancelo in the operation. Barça only want money. pic.twitter.com/b1craAo9Fq
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) May 31, 2020
This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.
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