The deadline day for the release clause execution has passed (June 30). But Messi wants to use FIFA regulations that were introduced due to the pandemic and the impact it had on the football season. The talks about Messi leaving Barcelona heated up after Barcelona lost to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The Catalan side are preparing a reconstruction of the squad. Despite this, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu mentioned that Messi is untouchable and the new head coach Ronald Koeman wants to build the team around the 6-time Ballon d’Or winner. Manchester United and Manchester City are among the clubs reportedly interested in signing Messi. Now it could become an easier task, as Messi will not have a contract with Barcelona and his release clause (700 mln euros) won’t matter anymore.
BOOM! According to Argentinian TyC Sports, Messi has officially communicated to Barcelona that he will activate a clause to end unilaterally his contract!— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) August 25, 2020