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Surprise Club Keen To Pay Messi's €700m Release Clause

Surprise Club Keen To Pay Lionel Messi's €700m Release Clause

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By David Kappel - Feb 07, 2018 08:02 PM @kappilinho

A surprise club is reportedly prepared to pay Lionel Messi's €700 million (R10.3 billion) release clause, and has already signed two of his friends to help convince him of the move.

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The Argentine extended his contract with FC Barcelona until 2021 recently, becoming the highest paid player in football in the process.

He reportedly snubbed multiple offers from several top clubs in Europe as well as in China, but Hebei China Fortune are understood to be determined to take him to the Far East after Messi was named as the most popular player among Chinese football fans last week, beating the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Hebei China Fortune, who already have Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Mascherano on their books, are prepared to pay his €700 million release clause.

Apparently the Chinese club believes in not only his sporting returns, but also feel the deal would make financial sense because it will raise the image of the club and Chinese football as a whole.

Huge Chinese companies and even the country's government could reportedly help the deal transpire, while the club is also said to hope Messi's Argentina teammates Lavezzi and Mascherano can help convince him of the record transfer.

However, recent new regulations have made it more difficult for Chinese clubs to spend big on transfers. A new transfer tax of 100% of the fee for overseas players was introduced, and reduced the Chinese spending in January, although Chinese Super League sides are believed to be looking for loopholes around this.

Read: Reports: Barca Want South African Born Star

Cedric Bakambu, for example, joined Beijing Guoan last month after reportedly paying his former club Villarreal his own €40 million (R590 million) buyout clause. However, the tax implications of his deal are still being scrutinised.

Do you think Barcelona would reject a €700 million offer for Messi? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Dancle Joined: 09 Apr 2017
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Dancle Feb 12, 2018 08:32 AM
sister has bcame a fong kong Chinese brand i knew it all along
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Phikza Joined: 20 Oct 2013
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Phikza Feb 10, 2018 06:41 PM
Messi won't go to China...
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Matayitayi Joined: 24 Jan 2014
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Matayitayi Feb 09, 2018 09:43 PM
MESSI won't go there coz he is not a small team player
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Master25 Joined: 26 Nov 2014
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Master25 Feb 09, 2018 03:16 PM
@EPHIE, so you think Messi must join a small Chinies club just to prove something to you? Dude, Ibrahimovich has played for almost all clubs in the world and he is still not considered the best in the world.
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Tshidi lerato Feb 08, 2018 10:35 PM
Its messi akere
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david2 Feb 08, 2018 09:42 PM
Alright
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EPHIE Joined: 02 May 2013
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EPHIE Feb 08, 2018 06:23 PM
Barcelona won't agree to that&I dnt believe messi is the best player in the world,all be dt players have proven that they are the best by playing 4 different clubs,but messi dololo
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Feb 08, 2018 11:51 AM
Dutch Marc Overmars was betterdan messi &ronaldinho he was same as Giggs but he's 4gotten!
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Nick#10 Feb 08, 2018 11:25 AM
I DONT ENTERTAIN TOPICS LIKE DIS NO TEAM WILL SIGN MESSI PERIOD
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nazzi the second Joined: 23 Oct 2017
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nazzi the second Feb 08, 2018 10:03 AM
WITH THAT MONEY ID BUY 7 FRESH YOUNG TALENTS, OR INVEST IN TEAMS LIKE MILAN, OR BUY ANOTHER TEAM IN A SMALLER LEAGUE
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JamieM Feb 08, 2018 09:02 AM
It's an offer he can't resist. Really it's mouthwatering but if he still wants to compete in the highest level he must forget it unless he wants to retire it's worth it.
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Sucker Punch The Legend Feb 08, 2018 09:00 AM
Even if they can make it R20 billion, still he wouldn't join that small team
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Feb 08, 2018 07:10 AM
@Mavulela at the moment kingcr7&messi are the best in the world is not my opinion but a real fact so if messi go to chine it mean two things kingcr7 is a headache or barca is takingcare of him,dnt 4get to be a champion u've to tople the real champion nothing else
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Mavulela Feb 08, 2018 05:37 AM
@ZZ2 vs Papa charles what competition are you talking about, there's no more such a thing a Madrid. Perez is busy shop and changing trying for replacement for their cows.
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MR E Feb 08, 2018 01:35 AM
Messi will never join the Chinese teams at all.
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Master25 Feb 07, 2018 11:53 PM
No news here.
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Joined: 06 Aug 2017
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Feb 07, 2018 10:19 PM
@Myaka weliPhefeni relax it wont happen unles he surrender frm real competion wth cr7
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Myaka weliPhefeni Feb 07, 2018 10:02 PM
I dont see this move materialise bcz for now Messi is the core of Barcelona and once they loose him cld be another story bcz already they lost neymar bt otherside in futball anything cn happen bcz even Ronaldinho i was not expecting him to leave Barca on that tym bt happen,lets wayt and see
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Feb 07, 2018 08:47 PM
messi is a joke dey wont joke wth kingcr7
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blackmeteor Feb 07, 2018 08:44 PM
LOL World Football Joke of the Year.............so far

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