By Pete Jenson for MailOnline
Published: 00:43 BST, 3 September 2020 | Updated: 01:03 BST, 3 September 2020
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.
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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