Leo Messi has taken the first step to leave Barça. He has communicated, through a burofax, that he wants to leave the Camp Nou. He has already concluded his long cycle as a Barça player (he has been in Barcelona) and plan new experiences. He wants to go free, something that Barça does not contemplate, but the captain still considers that, now, the time has come to explore football beyond the Camp Nou.
There are three clubs that await you with open arms, aware of both the Paris SG, where he would meet again with Neymar, As the Manchester City, in which I would have Guardiola as coach again, As the Inter of the economic difficulties posed by this operation. Barça, waiting for the legal battle with the star to start, recalls that his termination clause is 700 million euros.
Achieve or not execute Messi that termination clause to which he intends to avail himself unilaterally, despite the fact that the Barça directive maintains that it has already expired because the term expired on June 10. But the star believes that find a legal formula to start your first adventure outside the Camp Nou, already 33 years old.
1.- The salary hinders his return with Neymar
Messi charges more than Neymar and Mbappé together. That is the great difficulty Paris SG faces if they want to rebuild part of the Barça trident in the Parc des Princes. The salary of the Barça star conditions all the plans.
Unless, of course, implies the departure of Neymar or Mbappé to make room for him on the French club’s pay scale. Both have a contract until 2022. But PSG would seek, above all, to extend the continuity of Mbappé (21 years) or of Neymar (28) against Messi’s veteran (33).
It remains to be known whether the French team would be exposed to touch (or exceed) the limits of financial fair play if it ends up seducing Messi to complete a dream trio with Neymar and Mbappé.
2.- The ‘Kun factor’ plus the ‘Pep factor’
City, as reported by ESPN, has weeks working on the development of an economic plan to know if he has the financial muscle that allows him to take Messi to the Premier. It also has a couple of elements in favor to gain the confidence of the Argentine star.
In Manchester is the Kun Aguero, one of his best friends in football, whom he wanted to bring to Camp Nou six years ago, and Di Maria. In the end, Suárez ended up signing Barça, who became one of his references in the last Barça stage.
In addition, the City is being watched by UEFA after the TAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) annulled the two-year sanction without being able to participate in European competitions. Now, you can play the Champions. And there is Guardiola, who landed in England in 2016, the coach who has understood Messi best in his sports career. “The best coach I have had is Guardiola,” the Barça captain has said on several occasions.
3. The interista dream
Inter has been excited for weeks about the possibility of signing Messi and not only because Jorge, his father and agent, has bought an apartment in Milan, establishing, in addition, their tax residence.
As it already happened with Ronaldo, when he left Madrid to go to Juventus, the Italian taxation is much more favorable for footballers than the English (City) or French (Paris SG). There is also the Conte factor, the Inter coach, who was confirmed in office this past Tuesday after a meeting with Steven Zhang, the young Chinese owner (29 years old) of the Lombard club.
He had the money to face a pharaonic signing, but the crisis caused by the pandemic has limited his resources, so Zhang told Conte that they will only sign if they sell one of their great players first.. Lautaro, the nine chased by Barça for months, fits into that portrait of the market drawn by the ambitious owner of Inter.