The meeting between Lionel Messi's father Jorge and Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu ended without an agreement on Wednesday night and the Manchester City target will remain on strike.
The meeting lasted for one and a half hours but Bartomeu remains determined to not let Messi go without a huge transfer fee and Messi's father remains adamant that his son is a free agent.
Diario Sport reported that Bartomeu attended the meeting with director Javier Bordas and Messi was accompanied by son Rodrigo and lawyer Jorge Pecourt.
Jorge Messi met with Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu for talks about his son's future
Bartomeu's car circled Jorge's flat earlier but the Barcelona chief was nowhere to be seen
Lionel Messi is determined to leave after growing increasingly frustrated with the club
With no softening in the position of either parties Messi will not return to training under new coach Ronald Koeman, underlining his emphatic insistence that he is no longer a Barcelona player after sending the club a burofax last week.
Jorge had earlier been pictured getting out of a taxi having jetted in on Wednesday morning for the crunch talks.
His son is continuing to boycott pre-season training with his team-mates in a bid to force through a departure while Catalan side insist he cannot walk away and has a £630m release clause.
The importance of the meeting could not be overstated with either a smooth resolution in which Messi plays out the final years of his career at the Nou Camp, or exits with much legal wrangling in an ugly public dispute.
Manchester City remains the most likely destination but there is still some way to go before that move materialises, with Jorge saying: 'I don't know, there's nothing yet', when quizzed about his son's future.
Bartomeu insists that Messi cannot leave the club for nothing and has a £630million clause
Messi's father was mobbed as he landed at Barcelona-El Prat airport ahead of the talks
The face-to-face talks with Bartomeu are the