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In the wake of past night’s information of Lionel Messi’s departure from Barcelona, L’Équipe have damaged down the chain of events that led to the shock announcement.
Messi’s father and advisor Jorge Messi, experienced touched down in Catalonia earlier in the working day to finalise the Argentina international’s new contract, which was expected to tie him down for the next 5 several years. A conference with Barcelona president Joan Laporta experienced been scheduled in the afternoon to conclude the deal, with the two functions obtaining appear to an agreement midway by last month.
At 8pm nearby time, the club then produced a statement indicating that, in spite of the previously arrangement, Messi would not be being at the club – a assertion which appeared to put tension on the La Liga authorities, who had requested Barcelona to cut down their wage monthly bill by €187m this summer. Previously in the working day, the Barcelona administration experienced been privately told by league authorities that Messi’s contract could not be authorized underneath people problems.
La Liga experienced also introduced the sale of 10% of the league’s legal rights to investment decision fund CVC Funds for the upcoming 50 years for €2.7bn, a decision which the Blaugrana also decried in a afterwards separate assertion past night.
Barcelona have been active in the final couple of months in its makes an attempt to reduce its wage monthly bill, with its debt at present set at an approximated €1.2bn. The likes of Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho and Martin Braithwaite keep on being despite remaining put on the transfer listing.
The proposed swap deal involving Antoine Griezmann – whose €36m gross salary Barcelona are seeking to shift on – and Saúl Ñíguez of Atlético Madrid has not long gone by way of. In addition, the club has been in get in touch with with various veterans – the likes of Gerard Piqué and Sergio Busquets – over a achievable wage cut.