According to Barcelona presidential candidate Toni Freixa, it’s likely Lionel Messi will abandon the Camp Nou and move to Man City in the summer transfer window.
On Tuesday night, the 33-year-old told chiefs in Barcelona that he wanted to leave the Nou Camp, thinking he had a clause in his contract that would allow him to go free.
Barcelona denies that assertion, with reports saying that the clause expired in the summer earlier.
The Argentina superstar has decided to take a regular coronavirus check ahead of Monday’s pre-season training schedule in Barcelona.
The refusal of Messi to take the test means that he will not be allowed to work with his teammates with the new Barca boss Koeman
“Messi is a player who strives for maximum success,” Freixa explained. “He alone cannot achieve maximum success, he needs a team for that. He does not have one. Since the treble in 2015, Champions League success is missing. That is what concerns him. His decision is due to the negative sporting development of the team in recent years.”
On a possible move to Man City, Freixa added: “I think a move to Man City is likely. With Pep, Messi experienced his most brilliant years in Barcelona. It would only be logical if both of them worked together again. City, like almost all English clubs, also has the financial means to build a team that can win anything.”
Messi was part of the Barcelona side which Bayern Munich thrashed 8-2 in the semi-finals of the Champions League but has now been closely linked to a move to the Premier League with Manchester City to work under former manager Pep Guardiola.
“The decision the player has come to is one that has matured over several years and is irrevocable, as I have heard from several sides. There’s no turning back I don’t believe, “Freixa told Goal.
Real Madrid beat Barcelona to LaLiga last season and it is known that their fall from grace in Europe is one of the reasons he intends to leave.