SPAIN – Jorge Messi, the father and agent of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, has arrived in Barcelona for crucial talks with the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Messi shocked the football world last week, after he informed Barca he wants to leave this summer.
However, there is a dispute between the two camps over an exit clause in his current contract.
Messi no longer considers himself as a Barcelona player and failed to show up for the team’s mandatory COVID-19 testing on Sunday, as well as the first training session with new manager Ronald Koeman on Monday.
Jorge Messi has now flown from Rosario to Barcelona via a private jet on Wednesday morning and will now hold face-to-face discussions with Bartomeu to resolve the situation.
After arriving at Barcelona airport, he told waiting reporters: “I don’t know anything, guys.”
Manchester City are favourites to land Messi this summer, but LaLiga have insisted that any potential suitors will pay the 33-year-old’s €700 million (£624m) release clause.