Man United planning shock move for No.10 Argentina international

Blaugrana have accepted Lionel Messi’s decision to quit the club this summer but will not allow the forward to leave for less than £200m. Argentina international stunned the Catalan club’s board on Tuesday by handing in a transfer request and an emergency meeting was called to discuss the attacker’s future immediately.

Barca are understandably desperate to keep Lionel but with such a short turnaround before the new campaign, the Blaugrana can ill-afford to allow the situation to overshadow their preparations. As such, Blaugrana’s board have accepted Messi’s desire to quit the club but they will not sell for less than a world record price.

PSG broke the world transfer record in 2017 to sign Neymar from Barcelona for a fee of £200m. That agreement sent shockwaves around the football world but it was relatively straightforward in that the Brazilian superstar had a release clause that the Ligue 1 giants decided to activate.

Blaugrana before any deal that allows the 33-year-old centre-forward to leave Barcelona must trump Neymar’s departure and the Catalan giants want at least £200m to allow the attacker to leave.

Given the Argentine forward reportedly earns around £970,000-a-week in Blaugrana and is 33 years of age, it’s unlikely that any club in world football would foot the bill for the 33-year-old forward in the midst of a pandemic.

However, Lionel’s team believe they can exploit a loophole that would allow him to leave on a free transfer. The Argentine forward had the chance to do so earlier this summer but a clause in his deal expired without him informing Blaugrana that he wished to depart.