Lionel Messi’s father and agent denies secret transfer meeting amid Barcelona uncertainty

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Argentine superstar Lionel Messi continues to be linked with a move away from Barcelona, having been open about his desire to leave in the summer. Rumours surfaced recently that his father and agent, Jorge, held a secret transfer meeting with a Qatar consulate about a switch to PSG.

Lionel Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, has denied claims that he held a secret transfer meeting with a Qatar consulate.

Argentine superstar Messi continues to be linked with a move away from Barcelona, having been open about his desire to leave in the summer.

The club captain gave up in his pursuit eventually, but rumours have surfaced once again of an exit.

And Spanish TV show El Chiringuito (via Marca) claimed that Jorge Messi had met with Qatari representatives over a move to PSG, with the tagline “Messi’s connection with Qatar and PSG grows ever stronger.”

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Jorge has hit back since though, insisting he has been in Argentine since September

He wrote across an image of the TV show’s story: ”False. Another invention. I’ve been in Argentine since September.”

El Chiringuito have responded by claiming that Messi’s private plane travelled from Argentine city Rosario to Barcelona last week, information also mentioned by TNT Sports.

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Meanwhile, Barcelona presidential candidate Emili Rousaud has labelled the Messi situation at the Nou Camp as “unsustainable”.

Rousaud is one of the front runners to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu, and said that Messi would have to either take a pay cut or leave the club if he takes charge.

“We’ll have to sit down with Messi and ask him to make a salary cut,” Rousaud told ARA. “Right now, with things as they are, it’s unsustainable.

“We’ll ask him to make the sacrifice. If there’s no agreement, then Messi will leave.

“Messi has written the most brilliant pages in the club’s history. We have to honour our legends, but the reality is what it is.

“I believe that things have to be said as they are. We can’t fool our members. We’ll make every effort to ensure he stays, but always with the interests of the club first.”

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