Lionel Messi’s future continues to make headlines and the latest update suggests the Barcelona board are pretty split over what to do with their captain.
According to ESPN, the Catalan giants “hope” to convince Messi to stay but “some members of the board” have said they are willing to sell the 33-year-old.
Messi is clearly fed-up at Barcelona and has reportedly told new boss Ronald Koeman he’s currently closer to leaving than staying after the Champions League shambles.
ESPN reckon Messi’s future has “generated an internal debate among the board” and are thinking about a sale because it would enable Koeman to rebuild the squad.
It’s not clear if any team would be able to afford Messi this summer. Don’t forget his release clause is set at €700 million and he also commands huge wages. He’s also available on a free next summer when his contract expires.
The report sums up by saying most of the board are “relaxed” about the situation and feel Messi can possibly be talked round as his anger over the Bayern defeat fades.
Yet there’s also a warning that “at least one high-ranking source” feels that if Messi is not happy then Barca should sell if an acceptable offer arives.