It seems that there is no longer a collective will to keep Lionel Messi in Barcelona, and now the option of selling him is on the table.
Barcelona's interim president announced today that the sale of Messi is reasonable.
Lionel Messi formally asked to leave Barça last summer by sending a burofax. The Barça superstar was serious about parting ways, but due to Barça's opposition and the € 700 million termination clause, the two sides had to go to court. Messi withdrew, saying he would stay for another year until the end of his contract. It was said that he had reached an agreement with Man City.
The sale of a high-profile Messi could have saved Barcelona from the recession, but then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu did not want to be named the person who sold Messi during his era.
Barca's new coach Ronald Koeman also insisted on keeping Messi until his departure was eventually ruled out at the club's insistence.
In an interview today, Barcelona interim manager Carles Toussaint questioned the former Barça manager's decision and explicitly said it would have been better if Messi had been sold.
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“Economically speaking, I would have sold Messi in the summer.
“It would have been desirable for the money you would’ve received and the money you would’ve saved. La Liga requires wage limits.”
Tusks' remarks coincided with today's interview of Barcelona presidential candidate Juan Laporta about Messi. He also stressed that from now on, he could not promise to extend with Messi because the club's economic situation is terrible, and he does not want to make a promise that he can not fulfill. He said that Messi must sacrifice.
Just a few months remain from Lionel Messi's contract with Barca , and he can enter into negotiations with the clubs in question from January.
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