Barca ‘ll only sell Messi for more than *222M
Barcelona have accepted that it will be impossible to hold on to Lionel Messi after he indicated his desire to leave the club. However, the Barca board are not willing to let him go for free and are determined to sell him for the highest ever transfer fee, that is, more than the 222 million Euros PSG paid Barcelona for Neymar. While Barcelona are confident of prevailing on the legal front and that Messi would not be able to leave for free, they understand that if Messi wants to leave, he will. Hence, their reply to Messi saying only that they wished for him to continue and finish his sporting career at Barcelona, rather than threatening him with legal action. The club’s plan is to let Messi go, but only if a buyer stumps up more than 222 million Euros – to ensure Messi leaves as the most expensive player on the planet.