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Lionel Messi is now '90% likely to STAY at Barcelona' after Josep Bartomeu pleaded with superstar's father Jorge to help persuade his son to do a U-turn in 90-minute meeting on Wednesday Lionel Messi's transfer saga continues to dominate the headlines in football  Messi dropped a transfer bombshell on Barcelona by saying he wanted to leave He had become increasingly disillusioned with life on and off the pitch at Barca However, according to reports in Argentina, he could be about to make a U-turn 

By Pete Jenson for MailOnline

Published: 00:43 BST, 3 September 2020 | Updated: 01:03 BST, 3 September 2020

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Lionel Messi is close to admitting defeat in his battle to leave Barcelona for Manchester City, according to TyC Sports in Argentina.

Barcelona asked Messi's father Jorge to help persuade his son to reconsider his attempt to force his way out of the club, in a 90-minute meeting with Nou Camp president Josep Bartomeu on Wednesday night.

With neither side appearing willing to back down the stalemate looked set to continue but message has been relayed to the Barcelona captain and he is understood to be considering his options on Thursday.

Lionel Messi's transfer saga with Barcelona continues to dominate headlines around the world

Lionel Messi's transfer saga with Barcelona continues to dominate headlines around the world

Several media in Argentina, who first reported that Messi had sent a Burofax to Barcelona requesting a free-transfer, even suggested he was now '90 per cent likely to stay'.

Messi would carry on until June 2021 - effectively admitting defeat in the battle to prove his

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