First off, both the La Liga officials and Barcelona have confirmed that Messi can not leave Barca for free due to his current contract. His release clause is set at 700 million Euros. Despite the letdown, Messi reportedly still wants to leave Barcelona.
Next, Manchester City has offered Messi a 700 million Euro deal in which he is set to play in Etihad with City for three years, followed by two years with NYC FC in the MLS. He has also been offered equity stakes at the City Football Group. Messi’s father/ agent, Jorge Messi, flew to Barcelona and is talking to Barca president Bartomeu. This meeting is very delicate for both sides due to the release clause and Bartomeu allegedly mishandling assets on the other. But if Messi does accept City’s deal then he would become the highest paid athlete OF ALL TIMES.
At the same time, Marcelo Bechler, the person who broke the news of Messi leaving Barca and being interested in City, and Neymar joining PSG, reported that Guardiola wants Messi to stay at Barca this year as he plans to join Barca if Laporta wins the Barca presidential election.
Like last week, the Messi Situation is still unclear and you can stay tuned for more.
For other weekly news, Neymar Jr. and Man City legend David Silva has been tested positive for the virus. Ajax star Van De Beek is moving to Manchester United. James Rodriguez is moving to Everton. Zlatan signed for an extension of a year at Milan. Rakatic left Barcelona. And last but certainly not the least, Emerick pays tribute to late movie star Chadwick Boseman through a black panther goal celebration.
Source 1- Sky Sports
Source 2- Daily Express
Source 3- Metro.co.uk