The Argentine player announced his desire to leave Barcelona officially, but
the Catalan club’s management asked the 33-year-old to pay the value of the penalty clause,
estimated at 700 million euros, in accordance with the contract concluded between the two parties, to start the disputes.
In the event that Messi’s exit from Barcelona has been agreed upon, the closest club to the contract with the 33-year-old is Manchester City due to the presence of Pep Guardiola (Messi’s former Barcelona coach) at the head of the English team’s technical department, in addition to the close relationship between Leo and his compatriot Sergio Aguero, striker Citizens.
According to the Catalan newspaper “Sport”, City is following things closely,
and is awaiting the arrival of the two parties (Messi and Barcelona) for a
solution to end the crisis amicably without resorting to court.
“Sport” added that Guardiola had already asked one of the producers to prepare a video clip documenting Messi’s career in anticipation of his presentation when presenting him as a player for Manchester City.
It is worth noting that the Spanish League, on Sunday, supported
Barcelona’s position in asking Messi to pay the penalty clause.