Lionel Messi’s contract is at the centre of his dispute with Barcelona.
The forward no longer considers himself part of the club after requesting a transfer, but the club are insisting that his 700 million euro release clause remains in play.
As a result of the delayed end to the 2019/20 season, Messi believes that the June 10 deadline for notifying the club of his desire to leave is no longer valid.
June 10 would’ve been ten days after the Champions League final in normal circumstances this year and Messi sent his transfer request to Barcelona just two days after the final between Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
Furthermore, Messi believes that, during the last year of his contract, the 700 million euro release clause is no longer valid – as reported by El Larguero on Saturday.
Barcelona introduced this clause, allowing Messi to leave during the last year of his deal, because the agreement to extend his contract was a friendly one.
Any club that wants to sign Messi will have to pay a transfer fee, but it will be nowhere near the 700 million euro mark.
Therefore, not only does the Argentine think he’s free from his contract, but he thinks that any club he joins would have to pay much less than 700 million euros to sign him.
If Messi leaves the Camp Nou for free this summer, he could face legal action from Barcelona for failing to comply with his contract.
Either way, Barcelona will not let this go – they are demanding any club that wants to sign Messi must pay his full release clause.
Should the player leave the Catalan club this summer without an agreement on both sides, the transfer fee will be decided by a tribunal.
In the meantime, Messi is refusing to show up for PCR testing or the start of pre-season but remains keen to hold talks with Barcelona to arrange a peaceful exit.