Rebound in size on the other side of the Pyrenees, in the soap opera Lionel Messi. The FC Barcelona star would ultimately be in a strong position in the fight between him and his training club, since the famous clause at 700 million euros would now lapse.
Lionel Messi wants to leave FC Barcelona , but the Blaugranas are struggling to convince him to stay. However, nothing seems to be able to change the Argentina international’s mind, and the discussions between the parties concerned do not seem to be taking place in the best conditions. The Catalan club seemed determined, according to the latest information from Spain, to do everything possible to thwart the plans of “La Pulga”, probably resolved to rally Manchester City .
Barça at the foot of the wall
In this sense, Josep Maria Bartomeu and the Barcelona leaders put forward the release clause in Leo’s contract, and set at 700 million euros. In other words, as Paris Saint-Germain had done for Neymar in 2017 (up to € 222 million), the team wishing to secure the services of the six-fold Golden Ball this summer would have to follow the same path, making therefore an almost impossible operation at such an amount, taking into account UEFA’s financial fair play rules . And what does it matter if the famous number 10 will be free of any engagement on July 1, 2021.
The departure clause has expired
Except that, according to Cadena Ser, Barça finds itself in a much more complex situation than it seems. Yes, Messi could well go free in a year if he refuses to extend, but also and above all, this famous clause of € 700 million would no longer be legally valid . The Iberian media would have managed to get the Argentinian’s contract, extended in 2017. In which we learn that this clause was only admissible for the financial years 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 .
The threat of breach of contract
The 2020-2021 season would therefore allow Lionel Messi to unilaterally break his contract with the residents of Camp Nou, without having to relinquish the € 700 million mentioned. And that changes everything ! Because if Barça therefore refuses to let his player go, via a transfer fee directly negotiated with the pretending club, the latter can then terminate his contract, and everything will then be settled in court. The amount of the transaction would then be fixed by a judge , and would certainly be far from the sums that the 2019 Spanish champion can hope to obtain in this operation.