I would Have Sold Lionel Messi – Barcelona Interim President

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Lionel Messi has made for himself a name among the all time greats and is presently FC Barcelona’s leading all time goal scorer. However , the Club’s interim President Carlos Tusquets believes it would have been a better idea to let the Argentine leave the club during the summer.

Lionel Messi tried exercising a clause on his contract that gave him the privilege of leaving the Spanish Giants for free but the former Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted the Argentine will have his €700m clause met before his departure from the club.

“Economically speaking, I would’ve sold Messi in the summer window,” Tusquets told RAC1 radio station.

“Both in terms of what you save on the wage bill as well as the money you make, it would’ve been desirable. But this is something the coaching staff have to consent to and that’s not my place.
“La Liga are setting salary limits at the moment and this would’ve helped on that front.”

Due to the terms recently set for La Liga teams, Bartomeu believes that, it would have made more sense both financially and economically to let the Argentine leave the club. However, six time Ballon D’or winner could still leave the club when his contract with Barcelona expires at the end of the season.

Manchester City were reported as the team,most interested in signing the Argentine but that has now been cooled down by Former Barcelona Boss and present City manager Pep Guardiola, who insisted the 33 year old finishes his career at Camp Nou.

What I want most of all is to play with Messi again, to be able to enjoy him once again on the pitch,” Neymar told ESPN after PSG’s 3-1 win at Manchester United on Wednesday night.

“He can play in my place, I have no problem with that. But I want to play with him next year, for sure. We have to do it next season.”

Neymar has also shown great interest in ones more playing alongside the Barcelona Legend but the interim President only see’s that happening, if an only if Neymar is available on free transfer.

“If he (Neymar) became available on a free transfer then maybe we could think about signing him,” he said.

“Without making sales, there’s no money for new signings unless the new president has incredibly deep pockets.”

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