- Lionel Messi has handed Barcelona his transfer request as he is desperate to leave the club
- The Argentine hopes he can activate a clause in his contract which allows him to leave at the end of each season
- Amid row with Barcelona, sources say Messi can leave for free only if he won’t play for a year
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Lionel Messi, according to latest reports, can leave Barcelona for free, only if the Argentine chooses not to play football for any club for a calendar year.
The Argentine has a £632m release clause in his contract and it has been confirmed by La Liga which would come as a huge blow to interested clubs.
The 33-year-old, is attempting to exercise a clause in the contract he signed in 2017 that allows him to leave for free at the end of each season.
Sources at Barca have told ESPN that the deadline for activating the clause in order to sign for another side expired in June.
The Argentine international submitted a transfer that he wanted to leave the as a free agent sending shocking waves to the world of football.
Messi asked for the club’s co-operation as he prepares to leave, but Barcelona are ready to fight it out, adding that the player’s clause had expired on June 10.
And with Barcelona claiming the clause is still active, sources are claiming that another option is that the player can leave the club, but wont play for any team. He will also not be paid for the final year of his contract.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Arturo Vidal is the latest Barcelona player to have hit out at the club as the internal crisis rocking the club takes a new height.
In a YouTube chat, Vidal lamented that the club has just 13 professionals and cannot win laurels with that, adding that the Catalan giants’ first team are relying too heavily on Lionel Messi.
Barcelona failed to claim silverware at the just concluded season which was compounded by their 8-2 embarrassment in the hands of Bayern Munich who knocked them out of the Champions League.
New manager Ronald Koeman has been told to ensure the club’s wage bill reduces and crucial players like Sergio Busquets, Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic have been told to leave.
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