Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona hangs in the balance.
And it could be decided over games of padel at Messi’s Castelldefels home with his team-mate Luis Suarez, who himself is nearing a move to Juventus.
Messi still hasn’t spoken publicly about his intentions, and Wednesday’s meeting between his father Jorge and Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu served only to reinforce that both parties aren’t budging on their stances.
The Messi camp believe he can leave for free having invoked his break clause, but Barcelona maintain that his 700 million euro release clause needs to be paid.
Suarez looks likely to seal his move to Juventus in the coming days, although there are other European clubs interested in him.
Messi has so far not turned up to any of new coach Ronald Koeman’s training sessions – and that doesn’t look likely to change.
Jorge Messi will meet Blaugrana officials again in the coming days, where he will hope that negotiations take a step forward.