Barcelona have ruled out granting Lionel Messi a free transfer.
Sport says Messi, through his lawyers, has told Barcelona that he intends to leave the club for free, now. He thinks he can do so.
Barcelona have replied saying that he does not have legal substance to do so, because the clause expired in June, meaning that clubs must pay the 700 million euro release clause if they want to sign him.
Messi might argue that the coronavirus break and season ending in August gives him ground to leave. What is in no doubt is his desire to go.
His people believe he had a week to do so after the Champions League final. Now it’s a legal topic. A war between the club and their best ever player.
For now Barcelona have no intention of listening to offers for Messi which aren’t his 700m euro release clause.