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La Liga release important statement about Messi’s potential transfer
Lionel Messi’s desire to leave Barcelona this summer is well documented, after falling out with the Barcelona board.
The 33-year-old did not show up at the club’s training facility for a Covid-19 screening as he is trying to force a move away from the club.
It may indeed be very difficult for any club to sign the Argentine after recent developments.
There is a dispute between Messi and Barcelona over his release clause. Barcelona has a clause which allows Messi to leave for free, but it expired on June 10. But Barca would rather hold on to Messi’s release clause of £630m.
Meanwhile, Messi’s camp is arguing that the clause remains active as the coronavirus pandemic halted Barcelona’s season and the club’s campaign did not end until their 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on August 14.
Barcelona have now released a statement to settle Messi’s release clause issue, and the verdict is that any club who wants to sign Messi may have to pay up his release clause of about £630m.
The statement reads: “In relation to the different interpretations (some of them contradictory to each other) published in recent days in different media, related to the contractual situation of the player Lionel Andrés Messi with FC Barcelona, La Liga wishes to clarify that with regards to the player’s contract with his club:
“The contract is currently in force and has a “termination clause” applicable to the event that Lionel Andrés Messi decides to activate the early unilateral termination of the contract, carried out in accordance with article 16 of Royal Decree 1006/1985, of June 26, which regulates the special employment relationship of professional athletes.
“In compliance with the applicable regulations, and following the corresponding procedure in these cases, La Liga will not carry out the prior visa process for the player to be removed from the federation if they have not previously paid the amount of said clause.”