Lionel Messi ‘informs Barcelona he will NOT attend club’s first day of pre-season and coronavirus testing on Sunday’ as Argentine tries to push through sensational Nou Camp exit
- Lionel Messi has told Barcelona that he won’t be turning up for pre-season
- He has once again told the club he wants to leave ahead of the new season
- He has reportedly refused to turn up on Sunday for mandatory Covid-19 tests
Lionel Messi has told Barcelona that he won’t be attending the first day of pre-season, and that he won’t be turning up for PCR tests on Sunday for the start of the new La Liga season, according to journalist Alfredo Martinez on Twitter.
It’s the latest in a series of events that could see the club’s talisman sensationally leave the Nou Camp and move to a different team for next season.
Messi is reportedly due back at the club’s Ciutat Esportiva training ground on Sunday for the start of pre-season and Covid-19 testing. If he doesn’t take the tests, he will not be allowed to participate in training.
Lionel Messi has reportedly told Barcelona that he won’t be turning up for training on Sunday
New Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has a big job on his hands to hold onto the club legend
According to RAC journalist Gerard Romero on Twitter, it is a ‘joint decision with his lawyers.’
As reported on radio station Cadena SER, Barcelona could attempt to impose penalties on the 33-year-old if he doesn’t show up for the tests and training, although Messi’s camp have tried to reaffirm that his contract has expired and he will be able to leave on a free transfer.
Messi informed chiefs at the Camp Nou of his desire to move last week via burofax, with further talks set to be held with the club’s board as he attempts to amicably make his way out of Barcelona.
Manchester City are currently thought to be the front runners to pounce for the Argentine if he leaves.
Manchester City may see this news as a boost to their hopes of signing the excellent player
Could we be seeing a reunion between Messi and his former manager Pep Guardiola?
Although Messi is said to have a €700m release clause, it is believed the Argentine may have a clause that could see him leave on a free transfer.
As it stands, Manchester City are apparently prepared to offer £89.5million plus Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, and Eric Garcia.
If Messi agrees terms with City, he will be reunited with Pep Guardiola following an incredible career at the Nou Camp – scoring an astonishing 634 goals and creating 285 assists in 731 appearances for the Spanish giants.
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