sport news PETE JENSON: Lionel Messi's father set to meet Barcelona's president TOMORROW ...

PETE JENSON: Lionel Messi's father will meet Barcelona's president TOMORROW to demand his Nou Camp exit... So which side will back down in an historic week for this famous club? Jorge Messi is to meet with Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu on Wednesday  Neither the player, nor the club have backed down in a bitter row over his future It could prove to be one of the most important meetings in the club's history Bartomeu wants Messi to stay but the player wants out, notifying the club by fax 

By Pete Jenson for MailOnline

Published: 22:07 BST, 1 September 2020 | Updated: 22:08 BST, 1 September 2020

3

View
comments

Jorge Messi's meeting with Josep Bartomeu looks set to be one of the most important in Barcelona's history.

Do they get to keep club legend Lionel Messi for maybe three more years, enjoying all the landmark matches that would come in his final seasons? Or do they lose him in an undignified jumble of missed training sessions, leaked conversations, disputed contract clauses, and with the 8-2 defeat to Bayern his last ever game? And is there even an ugly court case thrown in at the end for good measure?

Before Barcelona president Bartomeu meets with Jorge Messi this week he will need to find unity in the boardroom.

Jorge Messi (back) is set for an historic meeting with Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu

Jorge Messi (back) is set for an historic meeting with Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu

Bartomeu is determined to use the meeting to convince Messi's camp to agree a new contract

Bartomeu is determined to use the meeting to convince Messi's camp to agree a new contract

Messi is disillusioned with life at the club and communicated via fax that he intends to leave

Messi is disillusioned with life at the club and communicated via fax that he intends to leave

There are directors who believe the club's financial situation makes trying to get the best price for Messi, as well as getting his €100m (£89m) salary off the wage bill, the only sane way forward.

Others think the club should dig in until the bitter end even if that means a legal fight to the finish over the contractual small-print.

Messi's father Jorge is due into Barcelona this week and the face-to-face meeting has been penciled in for Wednesday, although neither side has yet confirmed it will take place tomorrow.

Bartomeu has briefed that when the meeting does happen he will use it only to urge the Messi camp to sign a contract extension extending his time at the club for two more years.

As things stand Messi will insist he has already rescinded his contract by burofax, and make it clear he would rather contest Barcelona's refusal to let him leave in court, all the time while not playing football, than he would put pen to paper and shake on a new deal with Bartomeu.

The Barcelona president has a better relationship with Messi senior than he does

read more from dailymail.....

PREV sport news Mighty Moeen Ali falls short for England as Pakistan win T20 thriller to draw ...
NEXT sport news Bath 23-27 Wasps: Late penalty try drama gives Lee Blackett's side a lifeline