Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona updates. Man City linked as PSG ‘make contact’

Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona updates: Man City linked as PSG ‘make contact’

Lionel Messi’s massive financial sacrifice to sign the contract Barcelona offered him… and why it was not enough

Get all the latest updates on the shock news of the summer ⬇️⬇️⬇️

 

LATEST UPDATE: MESSI STILL TALKING WITH BARCELONA FC.. SEE BELOW

 

Messi’s incredible Barca legacy
Lionel Messi’s time at the club involved:

778 games

672 goals

305 assists

35 trophies

Yet, the Argentine will leave the club for nothing.

Absolutely mind-blowing.

 

Lionel Messi is officially leaving Barcelona after changing his mind about renewing his contract?

FC Barcelona has officially announced that club legend Lionel Messi will not be returning to the club.

Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona updates. Man City linked as PSG ‘make contact’

This comes after the Argentina international changed his mind’ about renewing his contract over the financial situation at the club.

 

 

He became a free agent last month after his original contract with Barca expired, though was set to take a 50 percent pay deduction from his previous deal, which was worth in excess of £425million over four years, in order to re-sign and for Barca to be able to re-register him with La Liga.

 

This would have meant that Messi’s earnings would have been slashed by £250,000 every week on the proposed new five-year contract.

 

Issuing a shocking statement on Thursday evening, Barcelona said: ‘Despite having reached an agreement between FC Barcelona and Leo Messi and with the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, it cannot be formalized due to economic and structural obstacles (Spanish LaLiga regulations) .

 

‘Given this situation, Lionel Messi will not continue linked to FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of both the player and the Club cannot finally be fulfilled.

 

‘Barca would like to thank with all its heart the player’s contribution to the enhancement of the institution and wishes him the best in his personal and professional life.’

Lionel Messi’s two-decade stay at Barcelona is over after “financial and structural obstacles” prevented him from signing a new deal, the LaLiga club announced on Thursday night.

Barca insist both they and Messi were willing to extend his stay, but claim La Liga regulations have made that impossible.

A statement on the Catalan giants’ official website said: “Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish Liga regulations).

“As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona.”

It leaves Messi facing an uncertain future, with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City among the teams immediately linked with a sensational swoop for the Argentine superstar.

 

Barcelona president to address the world

Barcelona president Joan Laporta will hold a press conference this morning.

Laporta will address the major news that Lionel Messi is officially leaving the club after failing to sign a new deal.

Barcelona have blamed ‘financial and structural obstacles’ as reasoning for his departure.

Updates from the press conference will follow…

 Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona updates. Man City linked as PSG 'make contact'

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has back Koeman to continue in the role (Image:Getty Images)

PSG’s new-look attack?

Paris Saint Germain remain the front-runners to sign Barcelona’s greatest ever player, and their attack would undoubtedly be the greatest in Europe if he were to join.

PSG’s potential front three could be:

NEYMAR – MBAPPE – MESSI

Could anyone stop that attack?

The PSG bosses would hope not, as they crave Champions League glory.

French giants PSG are the favourites to sign, Lionel Messi, after Barcelona confirmed that he will not be staying at the club.

 

Barcelona announced the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will not be staying at the club ‘because of financial and structural obstacles’.

 

The 34-year-old has been a free agent since July 1 when his contract expired at the Nou Camp.

 

According to Betfair, PSG are the odds-on favourites to sign him at 10/11, with Manchester City second-favorites at 21/10.

 

City boss Pep Guardiola has made no secret of his desire to be reunited with his former Barcelona team-mate but with the £100m rival of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa and their interest in £150m Harry Kane, could see Messi join PSG instead.

 

Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said: ‘The big transfer news just keeps on coming and all eyes are back on the future of Lionel Messi following the confirmation that he won’t be signing a new deal with Barcelona.

 

‘Reports last summer suggested that Manchester City were very close to signing him, and they are currently second-favourites at 21/10 to secure the services of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.

 

‘However, it is French side PSG who are the odds-on favorites to sign him at 10/11, while Manchester United are outsiders at 18/1.’

 

Barca insist both they and Messi were willing to extend his stay, but claim La Liga regulations have made that impossible.

 

A statement on the Catalan giants’ official website said: ‘Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish Liga regulations).

 

‘As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona.’

Messi exit could lead to Madrid ‘dream signing’

Lionel Messi’s departure has left Barcelona fans reeling – but the domino effect could lead to their arch rivals Real Madrid securing their ‘dream’ transfer this summer, writes Colin Millar.

Kylian Mbappe is a long-term transfer target of Real Madrid and is widely reported to be their ‘dream signing’.

The Parisians have already undergone a transfer splurge this summer – Achraf Hakimi, Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma and former Madrid captain Ramos have all arrived.

The club may have immense resources of wealth, but they still must comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations and the sale of Mbappe may now be a damage limitation exercise, as they can still attain a significant fee for his services.

Furthermore, the club are now the most likely destination for Messi, and any hopes they have of financing his deal on top of their summer recruitment would be dependant on a significant exit.

 

A late bombshell as Di Marzio reports that Lionel Messi is in contact with Paris Saint-Germain over a move.

The French giants had been considered the favourites to sign the Argentine due to their finances.

And a frightening frontline of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Messi could be about to drop if Mauricio Pochettino gets his way

 

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