An insight into what could be set to take place during the highly-anticipated upcoming meeting between FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi’s father has been forthcoming online.
Messi’s father set for showdown talks
Earlier this month, following Barcelona’s 8-2 drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich, news began to emerge that Messi had informed the Catalan giants of his desire to move on.
The main issue in any potential exit, though, comes in the form of Messi’s contract, which is understood to maintain a clause, allowing him to leave for free at the end of any given season, provided that sufficient notice is provided.
To use this clause during a normal campaign, Messi is reportedly required to inform Barca of his desire to move on in May. This year, however, owing to the pandemic, the Blaugrana believe that their star man should have done so in June.
As a result, Barcelona are continuing to maintain that Messi’s €700m release clause is active.
This stance, meanwhile, was officially backed by La Liga over the weekend, making the payment of the aforementioned release clause Messi’s only avenue out of the Camp Nou at present.
Official statement by La Liga. They side with Barcelona in Leo Messi contract battle: “Current deal is still valid and paying release clause for €700m is the only way out”.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 30, 2020
Messi to be offered two-year deal
As a result, with Barcelona holding firm in their stance, a meeting between the Catalans and Messi’s father/representative, Jorge, will reportedly take place later this week.
Regardless of the date, however, as mentioned above, an insight into what could well be set to develop during the upcoming meeting has recently come to light.
As per ESPN’s Barcelona correspondent, Josep Maria Bartomeu is set to offer Messi a new two-year deal.
However, Jorge Messi will ask that his son be allowed to leave for free.
Si nada cambia, la reunión entre Bartomeu y Jorge Messi está programada para el miércoles…
Bartomeu le ofrecerá dos años de contrato. Jorge Messi pedirá irse gratis. A ver en qué acaba todo… https://t.co/VvZjdYrRZa
— moisESPN (@moillorens) August 31, 2020
No matter what happens at the meeting, though, it appears as though Messi believes that his time at the Camp Nou is up.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.