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Lionel Messi’s €700m release clause at Barcelona has expired - report

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The latest development in the saga

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Lionel Messi’s infamous €700 million release at Barcelona reportedly expired at the end of the 2019-20 season and is no longer valid.

Cadena SER are reporting that they have seen a copy Messi’s contract and reckon the clause is not active in the final year which is optional.

It’s the latest development in what is becoming an increasingly tense, ugly and really quite sad standoff between Barcelona and Messi.

The latest news also means it’s all getting a bit complicated. Messi’s lack of a buyout clause means any interested parties won’t have to pay €700m but the whole saga could still end up in court.

Messi is due back for PCR testing on Sunday with the rest of the first team but has reportedly already informed the Catalan giants he won’t be attending.

Sport have claimed Barcelona have already responded by reminding Messi he is still under contract and needs to show up.

What next?