The chess game that Bartomeu plays with Leo Messi reaches its climax. Jorge Messi took a private flight yesterday afternoon in Rosario to Barcelona where he will land today. And for today Wednesday the meeting that he will hold with Josep Maria Bartomeuto discuss the issue of the player’s departure is also scheduled . From the outset, the positions are clear on both sides. Messi still wants to leave Barcelona . And he intends to do it for free because he considers that the laws are on his side regarding the interpretation of exit contracts and the termination clause.
Barcelona, for its part, does not want him to leave. He clings to the 700 million from the buyout clause and also believes that the law is on his side. Bartomeu gambles everything in the stake . If Leo leaves, he will go down in history as the president who let Neymar and Leo go in four years. It doesn’t seem like a good legacy. For this reason, he has done his best to have this meeting. At first he wanted it to be with the footballer himself, but Leo dribbled as if they were on the Camp Nou pitch .
Bartomeu has managed to get Jorge Messi to the meeting. He thinks that in the face to face he will be able to convince him so that his son does not leave Barcelona. It doesn’t seem likely. The president will offer him the renewal until 2022 in the terms in which they had spoken a few months ago and with which the footballer agreed. That is, two more years but Messi could leave if he wanted to at the end of the next campaign. If he succeeded, he would become the president who prevented Leo’s ‘escape’ to Guardiola’s City .
Jorge Messi will listen to the president, but the idea is still to leave Barcelona. Bartomeu will have to be very persuasive to get him to change his mind. If you do not, you will move on to the next phase and this is that you leave with a starting price set at the meeting . He knows that asking for the 700 million does not make any sense because Messi has legal arguments for not applying this clause.
And he also knows that he can leave the club under the release clause to leave at the end of each season. At the very least, to immediately get the international transfer and play for another club while the judges deliberate whether or not he is right in this matter.
However, Messi does not want to end up in court so he is willing to reach a middle ground. In other words, give up going to court and have Barcelona set a starting price. From here the tug of war will come to put an amount that City or PSGcan reach , the two great suitors of the player and where Leo would be very comfortable.
The climax of the game arrives. From now on events will rush. First, the meeting president and father of the player where he will hear the proposal. And then a family meeting to decide the final position.