Catalan media underline that the one who led this movement is CEO Ferran Reverter.
While Messi's trip to France to sign with PSG is delayed until all the contract details are resolved, issues began to emerge from other institutions interested in staying with the star's services. As Infobae could find out, by case, Chelsea, through its owner, Román Abramovich, offered "30% more" than what the Parisians put on the table to convince him. Also, Luis Suárez, friend and former teammate of the Argentine, appeared at his home in Castelldefels with a message from Cholo Simeone: the Flea takes place at Atlético Madrid. But the movement tastes like an impossible mission for economic reasons.
The latest news in Spain marks that another club played one last tab: neither more nor less than Barcelona. According to Betevé's La Portería program, the Blaugrana team would have brought a "last proposal" to the attacker's environment, with CEO Ferran Reverter as an interlocutor. A bizarre situation, given that last Thursday it was Barça that officially announced the departure of its top star, citing obstacles posed by the Spanish League. This news, of maximum worldwide impact, came after the parties agreed to extend the contract for another two years and when Leo had returned from his vacation precisely to sign.
"We have received a dire inheritance. This has meant that for the club, the wage bill represents 110% of income. We have no salary margin. La Liga regulations go through a financial fair play that sets limitations," explained President Joan Laporta at the press conference he gave on Friday.
"We could not get the first contract agreed with Leo Messi. To have this fair play, Barça had to mortgage the club for half a century, part of the club's audiovisual rights. And I am not willing to do that for anyone", he closed his argument.
"Laporta had said that everything was settled, but we could not reach an agreement for La Liga. There is no more than that. I am clear that I did everything possible to stay. I heard many things about my future, but it is clear to me that I did my best to stay," Messi stressed this Sunday in his moving farewell, without generating friction with the president, but underlining what he gave to avoid the end of the relationship: a 50% of your income.
Of course, the goodbye created a bad internal climate in driving, to the point that one of its leaders resigned: Jaume Llopis, member of the Barcelona Space Commission. He did so by sending an explosive letter to Laporta, which somehow exemplifies how his image was damaged in the face of the truncated negotiation.
"You have disappointed me; I thought you were the only one capable of facing Florentino (referring to Pérez, the owner of Real Madrid). I lack information, but surely much more could be done for Messi to stay. Those that are leftover are many. Messi was an important patrimony of FC Barcelona. We reinforce PSG and make it easier for Mbappé to go to Madrid. Florentino's perfect plan. You will go down in history as the president who fired Messi", he hit hard in the letter.
Does this last proposal that transcended have to do with the fear of repercussions? A well-intentioned idea or the attempt to throw the ball at Messi in front of the fans, who cheered him continuously on the occasion of the Joan Gamper trophy against Juventus? For now, with the arrival of the striker at PSG "very advanced," it seems complicated for this unexpected turn by Barcelona to be successful.