- Lionel Messi has told Barcelona chiefs that he wants to leave
- The Argentine has refused to train and also did not go for Covid-19 test
- Messi has been linked with a move to join Premier League side Manchester City
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Lionel Messi is now reportedly on the verge of being fined at Spanish side Barcelona following his refusal to undergo Covid-19 test and also missing training at the Nou Camp.
The future of Lionel Messi at Barcelona is not certain following his decision to hand the Catalans' chief a transfer request after defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Messi still has one more year left on his current contract with Barcelona, but the Argentine wanted to enact a clause in his deal that would allow him to leave for free.
Spanish La Liga body are also said to be backing Barcelona on the matter with Lionel Messi with them supporting the release clause.
According to the report by Marca, Barcelona chiefs are angry with Lionel Messi's action last week, and they may fine the Argentine superstar.
On Monday, August 31, Barcelona chiefs asked all the players to show up for Covid-19 testing, but Lionel Messi refused without any communication on his decision.
This means that Lionel Messi is already seeing himself leaving the Nou Camp with Manchester City said to be interested.
Lionel Messi's action can result in 11 days of his salary being withdrawn or a fine that will be 25 per cent of his monthly salary.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how world boxing champion Anthony Joshua has offered himself to Spanish side Barcelona as a replacement for Argentine star Lionel Messi should he end up leaving Nou Camp.
After almost 20 years of playing at the Nou Camp, Messi has told the Catalans' chiefs that he wants to leave this summer.
Issues of Messi wanting to leave Barcelona actually came up after the club's Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich.
Messi was reported to have been livid with the board and even the way new coach Ronald Koeman put his striking teammate Luis Suarez on transfer.
However, Messi has been linked with a move to Inter Milan, Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain with Barcelona chiefs ready to sell.
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