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Lionel Messi wants to meet with Barcelona to discuss friendly exit

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The captain wants to find an amicable way out

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Lionel Messi reportedly wants to meet Barcelona for talks to try and find an amicable way out of the Camp Nou.

According to El Periodico, the captain remains determined to leave but does not want to go to war with the Catalan giants.

The two parties seem a long away apart at present. Messi thinks he can go for free because of a clause in his contract but Barcelona reckon it’s expired.

President Josep Maria Bartomeu has offered to resign if it will keep Messi at the Camp Nou but is reportedly completely unwilling to sanction his sale.

The president is also said to be unwilling to negotiate, meaning the only way Messi can leave is through his €700 million buyout clause which isn’t going to happen.

It’s not clear what will happen next or whether Messi will be able to convince Barcelona to soften their stance and negotiate a fee with interested clubs.