Yet more updates regarding the Lionel Messi transfer saga have emerged online over the last 24 hours.
Messi’s father attends meeting
It was, of course, well documented that Messi’s father and representative, Jorge, arrived in Barcelona yesterday ahead of a meeting with the club’s hierarchy:
Lionel Messi’s father and agent has touched down in Spain for crunch talks with the Barcelona hierarchy over his son’s future.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 2, 2020
The purpose of the meeting was obviously to discuss Messi’s future, after he revealed late last month his desire to leave Barca.
In order to depart, Messi’s camp were aiming to use a clause in the Argentine’s contract which allows him to leave for free at the end of any given season, provided that sufficient notice is provided.
However, the Blaugrana are adamant that the clause is no longer active and Messi can only leave if his €700m release clause is paid.
And after the meeting on Wednesday, little looks to have changed regarding the two parties’ stances.
As per the Evening Standard, Jorge and Josep Bartomeu’s meeting reportedly lasted around 90 minutes and ended in with no real conclusion.
BARCELONA, SPAIN – JUNE 16: Leo Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates a goal during the spanish league, LaLiga, football match played between FC Barcelona and CD Leganes at Camp Nou Stadium on June 16, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish La Liga is restarting following its break caused by the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Marc Gonzalez Aloma / AFP7 / Europa Press Sports via Getty Images)
Messi’s father’s comments
Following the meeting, it was also reported in Argentina that there is a 90 per cent chance that Messi will stay at Barcelona, with a definitive decision expected on Thursday.
However, that claim was then disputed by the generally reliable Alfredo Martinez.
Martinez asserted that Jorge Messi plans to speak with his son on Thursday afternoon to define the steps and decisions to be taken regarding his future.
Crucially, Martinez added that no decision has yet been made:
Situación actual : Jorge Messi tiene previsto esta tarde hablar con Leo Messi para definir los pasos y las decisiones a tomar. Según mi información NO hay aún ninguna decisión tomada.
— Alfredo Martínez (@Alfremartinezz) September 3, 2020
However, Deportes Cuatro then reported that Messi’s father has confirmed there is a possibility that his son could stay at Barcelona:
El padre de Messi confirma POR PRIMERA VEZ que Leo Messi está estudiando la opción de quedar un año más en el Barça https://t.co/0fVtIYrngT
— Deportes Cuatro (@DeportesCuatro) September 3, 2020
In yet another turn in this saga, though, it was since been reported that Jorge has seen the above-linked video and claims he didn’t say ‘yes’ when asked about Messi staying another year:
ATENCIÓ‼️ | Jorge Messi ha vist el vídeo dels companys de @DeportesCuatro i assegura que no ha respost “Sí” a la pregunta de “Si estan estudiant la possibilitat que Messi es quedi un any i després marxi lliure”.
— Què T’hi Jugues (@QueThiJugues) September 3, 2020