According to TyC Sports, the current chances of Lionel Messi staying in FC Barcelona is 90%. Messi is seriously considering a new scenario which is to stay at the club till 2021 when his contract ends. Per the same reports, the other 3 team captains advised him to do so.
The report has re-activated the chaos regarding the Argentine’s situation, as almost every reliable journalist confirmed that the 33-year-old was willing to leave the club, and join Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Also, Messi’s father (and agent) Jorge Messi did not manage to reach an agreement in his meeting with club president Josep Bartomeu.
However, TyC is known for its reliable reports in Argentina, and they were the first to reveal that Messi would not be attending the first training session under Ronald Koeman.
Also, there is the situation on which the two parties, namely Lionel Messi and the club, are still on a different page. The club insists that the Barcelona icon still has a contract with a €700m release clause, while Messi’s entourage claims that he is free to leave. Still, Messi and his lawyers don’t want to take the matter into the court, and that is why the player does not want to leave for free.
Whether Manchester City is ready to pay a transfer fee (which convinces Bartomeu) on top of the high wage bill that will arise with Messi in their team, remains unknown.
Source: TyC | Tier 2
Papers: La Liga is getting very hot
Later on tonight, Barcelona will travel to Pamplona to face a tricky opponent in the form of Osasuna. This, again, is a very important match for the Catalans. With their form on the rise, it’s paramount they keep winning and applying pressure on Atletico Madrid and the rest of the rivals.
For that reason, SPORT say La Liga is getting quite hot with each passing day. The race seems to be on.
Of course, since Atletico Madrid are facing Real Madrid in the great derby at the capital tomorrow, this is a huge chance for Barcelona to close the gap. In an ideal world, a draw would probably be the best option as it would mean both teams dropping points.
However, considering how big Atletico’s lead is at the moment, maybe a Real Madrid victory would also benefit the Catalans. Either way, they first have to win their own game before expecting anything else.
Mundo Deportivo are focusing on the elections, the results of which will be known tomorrow. Their title says ‘To play and to vote‘.
All three of Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Antoni Freixa delivered their speeches in the last debate before the elections. Now, they’ve done everything they could to persuade the socis.
Tomorrow a new era begins and Barcelona will finally get a new president. As things currently stand, we do have a favourite according to the media but at the same time, no one should be jumping the gun just yet.
Sunday can’t come soon enough.