Barcelona ought to have launched Lionel Messi this summer time to alleviate their monetary issues, the membership’s performing president, Carles Tusquets, has mentioned.
The Argentina star introduced in August his want to depart Barca, his crew since 2001, however he was pressured to take a U-turn when the Catalan giants demanded his €700 million buyout clause as a substitute of negotiating his departure.
Messi will develop into a free agent this summer time with golf equipment in a position to strategy him beginning in January.
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When requested whether or not Messi would have been launched in the summertime had the membership’s administration fee, which he presides over, been in cost, Tusquets advised Catalan radio RAC1: “Talking from a monetary standpoint, sure. However that’s one thing that may have needed to have been completely agreed with the teaching workers. From an financial standpoint, it might have been fascinating to promote Messi.”
Tusquets added that Messi’s launch, together with the switch payment and the cash saved in wages, would have helped as “La Liga is demanding wage caps.”
Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned as president of Barcelona on Oct. 27 and presidential elections are set for Jan. 24. Tusquets, in the meantime, spoke of the opportunity of Neymar returning to the membership.
Neymar advised ESPN Argentina on Wednesday of his want to play alongside Messi subsequent season.
“If he comes as a free agent, we might think about it,” Tusquets mentioned. “If not, there isn’t any cash [for a transfer] until there is a new president that holds a miracle in his hand. If we do promote [players] and the teaching workers is in settlement, then why not?”
Tusquets mentioned the coronavirus pandemic has escalated the “worrying” monetary scenario at Barca.
“It is dreadful however there’s hope. As soon as the stadium reopens, the whole lot will change,” Tusquets mentioned.