Messi refuses to return for Barcelona tests

Lionel Messi and his lawyers have told Barcelona that the player will not return for pre-season medical tests, Goal reports.

The LaLiga side will begin preparations for the 2020/2021 season this weekend, with several squad members having already reported for training.

Most of the first-team squad are still on vacation, following their 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

However, when they start arriving for standard tests, Messi will not be among them.

The 33-year-old on Tuesday, informed Barca that he wants to leave this summer.

Although his current contract is set to expire at the end of the new season, Messi and his legal team have activated a clause they believe will allow him to terminate his deal unilaterally.


Manchester City now in pole position to sign Lionel Messi if he can navigate his contract with Barcelona

Manchester City football club are in now the strongest position to sign Lionel Messi if he can navigate through his contractual situation and get out of Barcelona this summer.

According to Sky Sports News reports on Friday August 28, both Messi and City boss Pep Guardiola want to renew their partnership at the Etihad even though Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan are preparing offers in an attempt to persuade him to join them.

Messi faces a tricky contract situation at Barcelona as he still has one year left to run on his contract but submitted a written transfer request on Monday August 24.

Manchester City now in pole position to sign Lionel Messi if he can navigate his contract with Barcelona

According to the report, Messi wants the club to honour a clause in the contract that allows him to leave for free within 10 days of the Champions League final, which technically expired on June 10 after the original fixture was scheduled for May 30, but was delayed until August 23 due to Coronavirus.

But Barcelona have told Messi they do not agree the clause is active and the only way he can leave is if he pays the £626m (€700m) minimum fee release clause. Messi’s lawyers do not agree with Barcelona’s perspective.

At Manchester City, Messi would train under Guardiola again and play with his national teammate at Argentina, Sergio Aguero. 


Transfer: Man City offer Barcelona three players, €100m in exchange for Messi

Manchester City are so desperate to land Lionel Messi and will offer Barcelona three players plus €100million, according to Spanish newspaper, Sport.

It is understood that the three players Man City will offer Barcelona to force the deal are: Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus and Eric Garcia.

Messi’s future at Barcelona is uncertain after the Argentine captain surprised Barcelona hierarchy on Tuesday night when he asked for his contract, which has one year still to run, to be terminated under an end-of-season release clause.

The 33-year-old had drawn the interest of many European top clubs including Man City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Juventus in the past few days.

Messi, who played under Man City boss, Pep Guardiola for four years at Camp Nou, is looking to trigger a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave the Blaugrana, but Barcelona are trying to get a fee for their number 10.

Man City are now in pole position to land Messi, who increasingly looks set to end his 19-year stay in Spain.


Barcelona to pay £108m for Sadio Mane to replace Messi

Barcelona could turn to Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane, if Lionel Messi eventually leaves the club, according to Sport.

Mane is reportedly ‘willing’ to move to the Nou Camp this summer, but the LaLiga club have to meet his £107m price tag.

Messi is looking to trigger a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave for free, but Barca are trying to get a fee for their captain.

Manchester City, PSG and Inter Milan are interested in the 33-year-old, who increasingly looks set to end his 19-year stay in Spain.

Mane is ready to replace Messi at Barcelona this summer, should the Argentine force his way out.

The Senegal international scored 22 goals in 47 games in 2019/2020, helping Jurgen Klopp’s side to clinch their first league title in 30 years.


Messi tells Barcelona to terminate his contract, refuses to return for preseason

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has told the club to terminate his contract, so he can leave as a free agent, Marca reports.

Messi is understood to have told the Catalans, to activate a clause in his contract, which allows him to leave the club at the end of the season.

However, both parties have disagreed over when the season actually finished.

Barca feel the clause could only be activated by the end of June, while Messi feels the campaign ends in August.

According to Spanish football expert, Guillem Balague, this is likely to result in a standoff and Messi refusing to undergo preseason tests or training.

Balague tweeted: “He has no intention to do the preseason tests or start the training sessions with Ronald Koeman. He had told the coach already that he saw himself ‘closer to leave than to stay’.”


Lionel Messi Asks To Leave Barcelona

Lionel Messi, arguably one of the the greatest footballer in history, has formally asked to leave Barcelona this summer, throwing the Spanish club into extreme chaos.

According to reports in Argentina and Spain on Tuesday evening, Messi had sent a fax to Barcelona asking the club to allow him to depart, using a clause agreed in his last contract by which he can leave the Nou Camp for free.

Under the terms of the contract which expires in 2021, the only way Messi can leave without the club’s consent is if a rival side pays his release clause of €700 million (S$1.1 billion).

Barcelona’s board will meet over the next few days to decide what to do in what will be a defining decision in the club’s history.

Messi, 33, has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, scoring over 600 goal, winning ten league titles, four Champions Leagues, and six Ballon d’Ors.

His announcement comes 11 days after Barcelona’s humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals, which has led to an overhauling of squad and condemned the club to a trophyless season for the first time in 12 years.

The defeat brought a close to a season riven by uncertainty and discontent, igniting an internal crisis as Quique Setien was sacked and replaced by Ronald Koeman as manager.

Messi’s letter also followed reports that Barcelona planned to terminate the contract of his close friend and striker Luis Suarez.

His attempt to leave Barcelona could incite a legal battle between the two parties, with Barcelona saying they would seek advice over the activation of the exit clause in Messi’s contract.

If Messi is allowed to leave, a handful of super clubs like Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are touted as possible destinations for the player.

Messi has consistently aired his dissatisfaction this season with the club’s performance, both on and off the pitch, and has remained publicly silent since the defeat by Bayern.

Club president Josep Bartomeu recently said he was confident that Messi would finish his career with Barcelona, however, when Messi met new head coach Koeman last week, the Argentine reportedly said that he saw himself as more out than in.

Upon the news breaking, former Barca captain Carles Puyol backed Messi’s wish to leave the club by writing on Twitter; “Respect and admiration, Leo. You have all my support, friend.”


Barcelona Reveal Name Of The Player They Will Sign As Replacement For Messi This Summer

Spanish giant, Barcelona are already planning ahead for life without Lionel Messi as the Argentine star continues to be linked with moves away from the club.

The Spanish side are reportedly set to make a move for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala this summer.

Manchester City and Inter Milan are said to be interested in Messi if the Catalans allow him to leave.

SunSport claims the Argentine’s future has divided the Barca board with some behind the sale of the 33-year-old in a bid to fund a revamp of the team.

The publication reveals that Dybala seems unsettled at Allianz Stadium at the moment as he is asking them for improved pay which will see him rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Matthijs de Ligt.

He wants to earn as much as £260,000-per-week if he must remain at the club beyond this summer.

The La Liga giants have now made the 26-year-old their number one target if Messi decides to end his 17-year relationship with them.


Champions League final: Barcelona to pay Liverpool £4.5m after Bayern win trophy

Barcelona will pay Liverpool €5m (£4.5m), after Philippe Coutinho won the Champions League with Bayern Munich on Sunday.

Coutinho came on as a second-half substitute as the German club defeated Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The Brazilian who is on loan at Bayern, moved to Barca from Liverpool for a fee around £142m in 2018.

After failing to impress with the LaLiga side, he moved to the Bundesliga team, where he has now helped them win a Treble this season.

Coutinho scored twice against his parent club, Barcelona, during the 8-2 thrashing last Friday.

The deal to sign Coutinho from Liverpool included a number of potential add-on clauses and interestingly, they are player-specific not club-specific.

One of those clauses was that Barca would pay Liverpool €5m if the 26-year-old won the Champions League in either the 2018/2019 or 2019/2020 season, but it does not specify that it had to be while playing for them.


PSG, Inter Milan and Juventus ‘are ready to move for Lionel Messi’ after hints over Barcelona exit

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, could be bought by PSG, Inter Milan or Juventus, as reports continue to linger that the Barcelona football legend wants to leave the club after a disappointing trophyless campaign with the club.

According to reports, Messi, 33, reportedly met with new Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, with rumours circulating that Messi is more ‘out than in’ at the La Liga giants.

According to a report by Spanish news outlet Sport, PSG, Inter and Juventus are prepared to make offers for Messi and it could be a world-record deal.

The report says each club has enough financial power to attract Messi’s high-profile signature should he decide to move away from Barcelona. 

The report goes on to say that Inter Milan have an advantage as footballers pay less tax in Italy, while the Serie A club could also use reported Barcelona target Lautaro Martinez as makeweight in a potential offer.

Juventus bosses could also see the possibility of uniting Messi with archrival Cristiano Ronaldo, although that move could pose financial problems for the club.

As for French club, PSG, who made the shock move for ex-Barcelona man Neymar back in 2017, the Ligue 1 club’s Qatari owners could unite Messi and Neymar once more at PSG.


Ronaldo reveals why Messi will not leave Barcelona

Lionel Messi is “very unlikely” to leave Barcelona this summer because of the financial impact of COVID-19, according to Brazil legend Ronaldo de Lima.

Since the LaLiga giants lost 8-2 to Bayern Munich, Quique Setien has been sacked as manager and Eric Abidal has been replaced as sporting director.

Barca expect to make more changes especially to the squad ahead of the new season.

Although the club wants Messi to stay, the 32-year-old is believed to be seriously considering his future at the Camp Nou.

Messi has been linked with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, but Ronaldo who now owns LaLiga side Real Valladolid, feels a potential transfer is unrealistic.

“It is very unlikely that Messi will leave Barcelona, especially with the financial crisis in Europe.

“Messi has a very intense relationship with Barcelona, I do not think he will stop being in love with the team. He’s upset, of course, with how they were defeated in the Champions League.

“Messi needs his team-mates to help him, as they do, and Barcelona will have to think of something different for the next seasons. Letting your main player leave is not the solution,” he said according to Goal.


Messi angry with Barcelona as board members want him sold

Lionel Messi is angry with Barcelona, after details of his meeting with new manager Ronald Koeman was made public, Clarin reports.

The 32-year-old cut short his holiday to meet with Koeman on Thursday.

He is believed to have told the new boss that he is considering leaving the Camp Nou.

But Messi is furious by the source of the leak, Catalan radio station RAC1, who have regularly backed under-fire president Josep Bartomeu.

The claims coincide with reports that some Barcelona board want Messi to leave the club. It is understood that at least one high-ranking member thinks a a shock sale would be best for all involved.

Koeman has already made it clear that he sees Messi as an integral part of his rebuilding project, which will start with several notable departures.

Further talks between Messi and Koeman are scheduled to take place imminently and the members of the board who want the club’s record goalscorer to remain are said to be relaxed about the situation.


Transfer: Forward leaves Stamford Bridge as Chelsea sign Barcelona defender

Chelsea have confirmed that forward, Izzy Brown, will spend the 2020/21 season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.

Frank Lampard’s side also announced the signing of 18-year-old defender, Xavier Mbuyamba, from Barcelona.

The Blues made this known in a statement via the club’s official website on Thursday.

The statement read in part: “Izzy Brown will spend the 2020/21 season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.

“It will be a second successive year in the Championship for the 23-year-old.

“Brown has been a Chelsea player since the summer of 2013 when he signed from West Brom at the age of 16.

“Chelsea FC can also confirm the signing of Xavier Mbuyamba from Barcelona.

“The 18-year-old signed a professional contract at Cobham earlier this week and will join our development squad ahead of preparations for the new campaign.”


Barcelona announce Ronald Koeman as new club manager

Barcelona football club have announced former Netherlands and Southampton manager, Ronald Koeman as it’s new manager.

The Catalan club announced the sack of former coach, Quique Satien on Monday following the humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern in the UEFA Champions league quarterfinal last week.

The loss has prompted massive changes in managerial and board room positions at the club, hence the appointment of Koeman as the new club coach and manager.

The Dutchman has left his post in charge of the Netherlands national team to takeover the Camp Nou hot seat. His contract will last till 2022.

Barcelona announce Ronald Koeman as new club manager

Barca on Wednesday August 19, released an official statement on their website confirming the news, which reads: 

“FC Barcelona and Ronald Koeman have reached an agreement for the Dutchman to take over as first-team coach until 30 June 2022”

“The Blaugrana legend, hero of Wembley, the man who handed Barca their first-ever victory in the European Cup returns to Camp Nou. 

“This time, however, he will do so as coach as the Dutchman brings more than 20 years of experience as a manager and eight trophies on his CV.

“Ronald Koeman comes to FC Barcelona after coaching in the Premier League, La Liga, the Dutch league, the Portuguese league and also on the international stage with the Netherlands.”

Koeman reacting on Wednesday to his appointment said;

“It was an honor to be the national coach of the Netherlands,” said 57-year-old. “For the past two and a half years I have done everything I can to achieve successes with Oranje.

“I look back with pride on what we have achieved together in that period. The Dutch national team has a bright future, I am convinced of that.

“Everyone knows that Barcelona is my dream club. It feels very special to me to be able to become a coach there.”


Barcelona 3-1 Napoli (agg: 4-2): Messi leads Barça through

Barcelona had an early scare – Dries Mertens hitting outside of post with the whistle for kick-off still ringing in the ears – but from the moment Clément Lenglet headed in the opener it was one-way traffic until just before the break. As Barça went through the gears, Napoli were stuck in reverse.

Lionel Messi somehow squeezed in a second after a sensational run, and had another chalked off before earning a penalty. As the No10 received treatment, Luis Suárez did a satisfactory impression of his team-mate from the spot as he found the top corner.

In a frantic end to the first half, Lorenzo Insigne struck back with a penalty of his own. Napoli gamely sought a comeback after the restart, with Hirving Lozano’s late header against the upright the closest they came. The damage had been done.