- Lionel Messi is desperate in leaving Barcelona and has handed the club his transfer request
- The Catalans have stated that a €700million buyout clause exists in his contract
- La Liga has announced that the clause exists and Messi’s transfer would not be processed without the money
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Lionel Messi’s transfer saga in Spain has gone haywire as the La Liga announce that the €700million buyout clause in the player’s contract is still valid.
The Barcelona star who has one year left in his existing contract handed-in his transfer request hoping to activate a clause which allows him to leave the Catalans at the end of any season, for free.
But the club stated that the clause had expired on June 10 and that the €700million release clause is in place.
Messi’s dad Jorge who is also the player’s agent has been in Barcelona to meet with the club chiefs in a bid to find an amicable solution to the player’s transfer request.
The father, in a letter to La Liga president Javier Tebas insisted that his son no longer has any release clause in his contract.
They are also arguing that the June 10 date, nominally the end of the season, is now irrelevant after the coronavirus delays which led to the season’s extension and the team playing deep into August.
He quoted a clause in the contract: “This compensation will not apply when the resolution of the contract, by the unilateral decision of the player, takes effect from the end of the 2019-20 sporting season."
And added: "It's obvious that the compensation of €700m... does not apply at all."
However, the La Liga has reiterated its earlier stand that the clause is still active and that Messi’s transfer would not be processed if that amount is not paid.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona have stated that should the Argentine go ahead to seal a stunning transfer deal with Manchester City, both parties would be dragged to court.
The situation in Spain has escalated as the Catalan club vows to begin legal proceedings with any club that signs the Argentine amid row over exit clause.
UK outlet Daily Record reported that the Argentine captain has agreed to move to the Etihad Stadium in a deal worth €700 million (£629 million) with the City Football Group - the same amount as his release clause.
Messi was said to have agreed to the financial terms over the course of five years that will see him under employ of the City Football Group.
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