LIONEL MESSI has reportedly told Barcelona he wants to leave the club.
Spanish newspaper Marca claims the Argentine does not want to continue under new boss Ronald Koeman following Barcelona’s embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
And La liga expert Guillem Balague adds Messi has a “clause that he had agreed in his last contract by which he can go for free.”
He says Barcelona believe the clause expired at the end of June, meaning Messi’s £630million buyout fee stands, but the superstar is convinced it is still active until the end of August due to the coronavirus crisis.
Barcelona legend Messi, 33, has been tipped to move on after entering the final year of his contract.
The Sun.co.uk reports that Manchester City are believed to be keen on the Argentine forward.
And there is strong interest from Inter Milan as well.
Messi reportedly held crunch talks with Koeman just one day after the Dutchman replaced Quique Setien.
Messi informed his new gaffer that he plans on leaving the Nou Camp for a new adventure.
And it’s now claimed the forward has confirmed his wishes to club chiefs ahead of the new LaLiga season.
The Marca report adds that Koeman’s brutal axing of Luis Suarez was the final straw for Messi, convincing the Argentine that his time in Catalonia is up.