Frenkie de Jong claims Barcelona in turmoil after Messi handed club transfer request

Frenkie de Jong claims Barcelona in turmoil after Messi handed club transfer request

- Frenkie de Jong confirms Barcelona camp is not in order since Lionel Messi submitted his transfer request

- The 33-year-old and his father have been meeting with the Catalans' board as they hope to find a solution to their differences

- Messi has been linked with a move to reunite with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City

- Inter Milan, Chelsea and a few other clubs are watching the progress of the Argentine at Camp Nou

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Dutchman Frenkie de Jong can confirm that all is not well in Barcelona camp following Lionel Messi's announcement about leaving the club.

The 33-year-old has been linked with a number of clubs since he handed the Catalans his transfer request late last month.

Despite having 12 more months on his current deal with the Blaugrana, the Argentine believes he has the right to walk out of the club for free this summer.

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Though the Camp Nou outfit claims the clause that gives such privilege has expired at the end of June, in spite of the elongated season due to coronavirus pandemic.

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The Mirror reports that Barca are insisting that their captain will only be allowed to leave when his buyout clause is paid completely.

Frenkie de Jong: Barcelona in turmoil after Lionel Messi handed club transfer request
Frenkie de Jong in action for Barcelona against Valencia in a Spanish League encounter. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Meanwhile, Messi and his father have been in constant communication with Barcelona board with the aim of finding a solution to the nagging problem staring them in the face.

But the midfielder thought that might be far from reality after saying it is a confusing time in Catalonia right now.

"I followed this from a distance and, how should I say, it's kind of chaos now, many things are going on," De Jong told reporters from the Netherlands camp.

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"But I didn't speak with Messi personally, not with the club.

"I will see when I arrive after this week in Barcelona how things are going, and what is really happening. "Honestly I don't know what will happen."

De Jong has joined his national team colleagues for their National League encounter against Poland on Friday, September 4.

The Dutch side has no coach at the moment after their former handler stepped down to assume duty at Camp Nou. earlier reported that Lionel Messi's father Jorge may have stylishly confirmed that his talented son will remain at Barcelona until the end of the 2020/21 League season in Europe.

This latest development will be a great one for all Barcelona fans considering how their minds have been troubled when Lionel Messi handed the Catalans a transfer request.

The Argentine star did that after the club's defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League losing 8-2 which sent them out of the competition.

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