MARCA/ Adapted by Ozilala
Jorge Messi is expected to hold talks with Josep Maria Bartomeu on Wednesday as the Lionel Messi saga reaches its climax.
Leo’s father and agent flew to Barcelona from Rosario on a private jet on Tuesday in order to discuss his son’s situation at the club.
The positions of the two parties are clear.
On one side, Messi wants to leave Barcelona and believes he can legally do so for free during the current transfer window.
On the other hand, Barcelona don’t want to lose him and insist that his 700 million euro release clause remains valid.
Everything is on the line for Bartomeu in this matter – if he allows Messi to leave, he will be the president who let both the Argentine and Neymar get away.
The president made his move early on, offering his resignation if Messi came outand said he was the reason behind his desire to leave.
However, the forward swerved that play like he would dribble past an opponent on the football pitch.
Nonetheless, Bartomeu has managed to get Jorge Messi to meet him in person, believing that a face-to-face meeting could be what it takes to convince Leo to stay.
The president will offer to extend Messi‘s contract until 2022 with the terms the player had agreed on a few months ago.
The escape clause that had existed in the Argentine’s previous contract will remain valid, allowing him to leave if he wants to at the end of next season – when Bartomeu will have left the club.
If he is able to get Jorge and Leo to agree to his deal, Bartomeu will avoid the tag of being the man who let Messi flee to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
The president will have to be very persuasive though because Messi‘s idea, which will be reiterated by his father, is still to leave the Camp Nou.
If Bartomeu can’t convince Messi to sign a new deal, then talks will go to the next stage – negotiating an immediate exit.
Both parties will then agree on an asking price – Bartomeu knows not to ask for 700 million euros because Messi has legal arguments against that.
Messi does not want this matter to go to court so, rather than demanding to leave for free now, he’ll ask Barcelona to set their asking price.