Messi informed the Barcelona administration of his desire to leave, awaiting the club’s response to this request, as Messi seeks to terminate his contract and leave for free.
On Tuesday, Messi sent a letter to Barcelona club management requesting the termination of his contract in order to move freely to another club.
Sources from inside the club told the Spanish News Agency (EFE) that Messi referred in the letter to the penalty clause in his contract, which had given him the right to leave for free before June 10.
The source added that Messi did not activate the clause before this date, and the club automatically extended his contract for another season until June 30, 2021, and the penalty clause in his contract became 700 million euros.
The club, which has not yet responded to the request of the Golden Ball holder (6 times), realizes that this is the value that any team should pay in if it is interested in contracting Messi.
Messi wants to leave the Catalan club, after the disappointments he experienced with the club in recent years, the last of which was the exit against Bayern Munich from the Champions League quarter-finals with a “humiliating” eight-goal loss to two.
This situation threatens a legal battle between the two parties, noting that Barcelona confirmed through previous leaks that Messi would only leave in exchange for 700 million euros.
The Catalan club management also holds an urgent meeting to discuss the issue before coming out with an official statement in the coming hours.
Press reports indicated that Messi will not attend the Corona detection tests scheduled for the end of this week in preparation for the resumption of training next Monday.