Any team who wants Messi must pay €700 million
Any team who wants Messi to play with them must be prepared to pay €700 million.
The Argentine is seeking a way out of Camp Nou this summer, but Spanish football’s main governing body says he cannot leave the club as a free agent
Lionel Messi can only leave Barcelona if his €700 million (£624m/$823m) release clause is met or if another club negotiates a lower transfer fee with the Camp Nou club, La Liga confirmed on Sunday.
Messi handed in a transfer request to the Barca board last week, with a view to triggering the clause in his contract which allows him to leave the club at the end of each season.
The clause in question expired in June, but the Argentine’s legal team are ready to argue that he should be allowed to terminate his deal unilaterally due to the 2019-20 season being extended into August because of the coronavirus pandemic.