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Papers: Barcelona insist Lionel Messi is not for sale

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Lionel Messi remains on the front pages in Spain on Saturday with the latest updates claiming Barcelona will simply refuse to sell the captain despite his desire to leave

Mundo Deportivo lead the way with ‘Not for Sale’ as their main headline and pictures of Messi and president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

MD report Barcelona remain adamant they will not let Messi go unless his €700 million buyout clause is met. The Catalans aren’t interested in player swap deals and are determined Messi will be part of Ronald Koeman’s “project.”

Over at Sport the headline is ‘Now Messi asks to negotiate a way out.’ The Catalan daily reports Messi wants a meeting but Bartomeu won’t sell.

Sport also report interest from Manchester City and PSG but also say Barcelona aren’t interested in player swap deals as they try to keep hold of their captain.

It’s a different story altogether at AS though. They report ‘Messi has a price’ and believe Barcelona could be tempted by a bid of €100 million plus three players.

AS are also reporting how Messi is changing strategy in his attempts to leave by wanting to talk to the club and avoid legal action. Messi is also considering not appearing for PCR testing on Sunday at the club ahead of the start of pre-season training.

And finally Marca are also talking about Messi trying to negotiate his exit but Barcelona doing their best to block him.

Marca report that Barcelona will only sit down and talk to Messi if it’s to discuss renewing his contract at the Camp Nou. They also report that at the moment there is “no short-term solution in sight.”