Lionel Messi has caused shockwaves at Barcelona after reportedly announcing his plan to terminate his contract this summer. Barcelona endured a frustrating campaign last season which ended in a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
Messi was seen looking disconsolate at the final whistle and the days that followed.
Barcelona were quick to sack Quique Setien and replace him with Ronald Koeman.
But that doesn’t seem to be enough for Messi who, after 20 years at the club, has reportedly made it clear he plans to leave this summer.
According to Onda Cero, Messi has told Barcelona officials that he no longer wants to stay at the Nou Camp.
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Messi was expected to meet up with the Barcelona squad for the start of pre-season training this weekend.
But it is claimed Messi will no longer be taking part in a bitter blow to Barcelona’s plans moving forward.
In more bad news, Messi is planning to activate a termination clause in his contract to push through a move this summer.
The clause reportedly allows him to leave for free at the end of each season.
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His clause had reportedly expired in May when the season would have finished under normal circumstances.
But the enforced break in the season extended the campaign into August.
That means Barcelona may not be able to demand the £630million release clause in Messi’s contract.
But Messi is still one of the best paid footballers in the world and there are only a handful of clubs that are capable of matching his wage demands.
Inter Milan are owned by a Chinese investment group, said to be worth billions, and have been linked with a move to take Messi to Italy.
Paris Saint-Germain have also proven their financial power in recent years with the signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
A move to the Premier League may not be too unlikely as well with Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said to be planning to spend big this summer.
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