Lionel Messi was scheduled to return to the sports city this Sunday to undergo PCR tests prior to the first training sessions under Ronald Koeman on Monday. But the Argentine has informed Barça that he will not go. In a new episode of the long game of chess between the player and the board, Messi takes a step forward. After requesting a meeting with the club to agree on a friendly exit, he has decided to opt for a tougher line and refuse to pass the mandatory tests to train. A gesture, in fact, to get the meeting that Bartomeu, at the moment, does not want to do.
Messi’s future focuses all his attention on a club with a lot of open fronts. But none like Messi, a cold war that has been developing in recent years. Josep Maria Bartomeu, who came to offer Messi to fold him in exchange for him staying, but without the resignation of the entire board, is responsible for answering that the player is not for sale. That he will only leave if a club pays the 700 million of the clause, a very different version from the one he explained in an interview a year ago, in which he claimed that Messi had earned the right to leave. as he wanted and when he wanted. But when the time comes when Messi, after twenty years in Barcelona, has decided to leave, he does not find those facilities. And the case has become a personal matter.
And all in all, on the same day that Barça decided to dispense with the services of the law firm Cuatrecasas because it considers that it was wrong to advise Messi on his intention to leave Barça. In fact, it was this office that urged the Argentine to send the bureaufax communicating the desire to leave the club.
Ronald Koeman, for his part, met with the new technical secretary, Ramon Planes, at the Joan Gamper sports city. In less than three weeks, a new edition of the League will begin and Barça still have a lot of work to do in the offices to renew the squad after the bureaufax of Leo Messi. Koeman has already announced that he is doing without Luis Suárez, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Samuel Umtiti.