The 33-year-old stunned the club’s board on Tuesday by handing in a transfer request and an emergency meeting was called to discuss Messi’s future immediately.
The Catalans are understandably desperate to keep the five-time Ballon d’Or winner but with such a short turnaround before the new season Barcelona can ill-afford to allow the situation to overshadow their preparations. Barcelona to sell Messi
As such, Barcelona’s board have accepted Messi’s desire to quit the Camp Nou but Catalan broadcaster RAC claim they will not sell for less than a world record price.
Messi handed in a transfer request on Tuesday (Picture: Getty) Paris Saint-Germain broke the world transfer record in 2017 to sign Neymar from Barcelona for a fee of £199.5million. That deal sent shockwaves around the football world but it was relatively straightforward in that the Brazilian had a release clause that the Ligue 1 giants decided to activate. Barcelona to sell Messi
Barcelona before any deal that allows Messi to leave the Camp Nou must trump Neymar’s departure and the Catalans want at least £200m to allow the Argentine to leave.
Given Messi reportedly earns around £970,000-a-week in Barcelona and is 33 years of age, it’s unlikely that any club in world football would foot the bill for the Argentine in the midst of a pandemic. Barcelona To Sell Messi