After Lionel Messi has announced that he is forced to stay at FC Barcelona, there could reportedly be another huge twist to the saga this window.
The Argentine revealed that he wanted to leave the club but has to stay because Barcelona insist he did not activate the clause that would have allowed him to depart for free by 10 June.
His only option would be to take the matter to court, but the 33-year-old insisted he would never do that to the club he loves.
However, according to The Athletic this may not be the end of the drama.
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It is claimed that sources at Manchester City, who saw the Premier League club in the lead for Messi’s signature, have suggested that Barcelona maybe still need to sell their superstar.
According to the report, Josep Maria Bartomeu could be forced to sell Messi this window in order to balance the books because otherwise he will be personally liable for any losses.
Hence a transfer of Messi could still be an option in the coming weeks, because the player clearly wants to leave after even informing his family in an emotional chat about his intentions.
The ball is now in Bartomeu’s court after Messi literally "called his bluff" and now threatens to stay.
The situation, though, would only be a threat, if Bartomeu and Barcelona indeed need to make the money of a potential Messi sale.
So far, the president has insisted he wants the club’s superstar to stay at all costs and any interest club would need to pay his €700 million (R13.8 billion) release clause.
This amount plus Messi’s whopping wage package are not possible to afford for any club in the current economic climate and it seems as though he will have see out the remainder of his countract.
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