Lionel Messi is day after day closer and closer to an exit from Barcelona as the Argentine superstar refused to undergo the PCR tests of his club this Sunday as he believes to be no more a Barca player.
Lionel Messi is determined to leave Barcelona in this summer transfer window. Rumors were pouring down since Saturday announcing that Messi will miss Sundays’s Covid-19 tests and training session.
And we can confirm this as the six-times Ballon d’Or winner didn’t show up for the tests Sunday morning at the Ciudad Deportiva.
Marca is reporting that Messi is set to leave the club as he considers himself not to be a Barca player.
However, his best friend Luis Suarez, also on the Barca ongoing players’ list, appeared in the session. Jordi Alba and Martin Braithwaite also have participated to the session.
Messi reportedly argue that his clause to leave the club freely does not expire and he is set to quit the club this summer. Despite his will, the 33-year-old would like to discuss with the board in order to leave in good terms.
On the other hand, the Barcelona administrative board still insists that all Lionel Messi contenders will have to pay his buyout clause which is €700 million.
The board added that they will not negotiate with the concerned to let him go.
Moreover, football pundits believe that Lionel Messi and his family are not going to change their position.
“I think the situation is that Messi wants a meeting with the Barcelona board to reiterate his desire that he wants to leave.” said Sky Sports’ Kaveh Sohekol.
“Barcelona’s position is not going to change. Messi and his representatives think there is a clause in his contract which means he can leave for nothing this summer,” he added.
“I think the message he will get in that meeting from Barcelona is ‘you are not going anywhere for free, if you want to leave we believe your contract says that there is a release clause of €700m, that is what it will take’.” he concluded.