FC Barcelona announce Messi’s departure
A bombshell was dropped on football tonight when Barcelona announced that “financial and structural obstacles” prevented them from reaching a new deal with Lionel Messi.
LATEST NEWS | Lion #Messi will not continue with FC Barcelona
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 5, 2021
After sixteen years of Messi winning 6 Ballon d’ors and scoring over 600 goals, Messi and Barcelona have split.
With an alleged wage claim of £ 500,000 a week, there are few clubs that could afford to sign Lionel Messi, so where should he go?
Paris St. Germain
The most obvious choice for the Argentine is Paris Saint Germain, who are known for putting high transfer fees and wages on their players. With Neymar and Kylian Mbappe already at the club, Messi joining the duo would make their attack the most terrifying in the world.
Since Sergio Ramos is already joining Mauricio Pochettino’s ranks on a free transfer, the Parisians could strengthen themselves further in the form of the Barcelona magician. If they get the Argentine, would PSG finally achieve their ultimate goal of winning the Champions League?
Another club that has a lot of money right now is Chelsea. The west London club don’t need Lionel Messi per se, but when the world’s best talent option presents itself, Chelsea have a history of action. Thiago Silva came on a free transfer last summer and Messi could be the next man to come through the door.
Romelu Lukaku’s potential signing could make the signing difficult, but would Abramovic turn down the opportunity to see the best player in the world at Stamford Bridge?
Could a fairytale reunion between Messi and Pep Guardiola be in sight again? Manchester City were previously linked to Lionel Messi but have since struck a deal for Jack Grealish to increase their firepower.
BREAKING: Jack Grealish completed a medical exam in Manchester City ahead of his proposed £ 100m transfer from Aston Villa.
– Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 5, 2021
The Citizens are looking for a striker, however, and Lionel Messi’s skills combined with Pep Guardiola’s frequent use of a formation with a false 9 could make a deal doable.
That then naturally begs the question; Where would Harry Kane’s future lie?
The last option is for Messi to stay at Barcelona. According to their official statement, the two had “We reached an agreement between Barca and Leo Messi … with the clear intention of both parties to sign a new deal today”.
However, they quickly pointed the blame on La Liga, saying:
“Formalization will not be possible due to economic and structural obstacles (Spanish La Liga regulations)”.
Reading between the lines it seems like Barcelona are trying to force La Liga hand to allow Lionel Messi to stay by relaxing their rules. With the pull that Messi brings to the league, they could easily be persuaded.
It does seem a long way off, however.
The two Premier League clubs Sergio Ramos turned it down before joining PSG
Official: Lionel Messi will not continue at Barcelona.
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