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Jorge Messi arrived in Barcelona on Wednesday morning ahead of his meeting with the club

Jorge Messi arrived in Barcelona on Wednesday morning ahead of his meeting with the club

Lionel Messi’s father and agent have arrived in Spain for in-depth discussions with Barcelona’s hierarchy over his son’s future.

Jorge Messi boarded a private jet taking him to Spain from Rosario in Argentina and landed in the private terminal at Barcelona-El Prat Airport around 6:45 a.m. local time.

He is due to meet with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the rest of the Barcelona board to resolve the deadlock between the player and the club over the striker’s contractual situation.

On Wednesday morning, Jorge Messi admitted that it was “difficult” for his son to stay in Barcelona at the request of the Spanish TV show. The beach bar arriving at the Fundacion Leo Messi for interviews.

However, he said “there is nothing yet” in terms of a possible move to Manchester City and that he had not spoken to Pep Guardiola.

Jorge Messi arrives at Barcelona-El Prat airport by private jet

Jorge Messi arrives at Barcelona-El Prat airport by private jet

Messi no longer considers himself a Barcelona player and did not show up for the club’s Covid-19 tests on Sunday and at the start of training sessions on Monday.

The 33-year-old, who has played for the Spanish side for almost 20 years, informed the club last week that he wanted to leave.

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Spain football expert Tim Vickery believes Barcelona are increasingly desperate over Messi’s predicament

Spain football expert Tim Vickery believes Barcelona are increasingly desperate over Messi’s predicament

What is the power of Messi snr?

South American football expert Tim Vickery:

“He’s a bit like his son in that he’s hard to read, he’s not someone I’d like to play poker against. But I think the main power here is with Lionel.

“It’s Lionel who is 33 years old – who unfortunately for all of us is closer to the end than the beginning of his career – and it’s Lionel who really wants to spend the last years of his high-level career in an environment where he feels respected by the people who run the club he plays for.

“He wants to feel in a competitive environment where he can have a chance to win the Champions League so I think the power isn’t with the father, it’s with the son. “

Insight: Barca board torn apart ahead of talks

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Lionel Messi and his representatives set to hold talks with Barcelona on possible departure from the club

Lionel Messi and his representatives set to hold talks with Barcelona on possible departure from the club

Gary Cotterill de Sky Sports News à Barcelone:

These talks between Barcelona and Lionel Messi will take place on Wednesday and Thursday. Lionel Messi’s father Jorge has now arrived in the country and will lead these talks regarding Messi’s camp.

The Barcelona side cannot even get along. There is the president’s side, who says on one side that Messi has this valid contract and is not going anywhere for less than the asking price – we are not going to make a deal.

The other side of the boardroom seems unrealistic – we’re in a financial hole, he could leave in a year anyway and meanwhile not want to be here.

It will take a lot of talking and I think it will take more than two days.

De Jong: It’s “chaos” in Barcelona

Frenkie de Jong joined Barcelona last summer

Frenkie de Jong joined Barcelona last summer

Frenkie de Jong admits he hasn’t spoken to Messi about his future but admits it would be a ‘heavy blow’ if the Argentine left.

“It’s chaos, there’s a lot going on,” De Jong told Dutch sports broadcaster WE in international service with the Netherlands.

“I did not speak to him [Messi] about it myself. Not even the club. So, honestly, I don’t know.

“But if Messi really leaves, it will be a blow to the team and the club. But when I come back after these international matches, I’ll see what happened. ”

De Jong joined Barca from Ajax last summer. The midfielder is set to be in action for the Netherlands against Poland (September 4) and Italy (September 7) – both live Sky Sports.

Messi 360: the sight of Barca, Man City and Argentina

Lionel Messi stunned the football world by demanding to leave Barcelona. But his contractual situation is complicated and this is only the beginning of what could be a long, acrimonious and ultimately historic start.

Ahead of the key meeting between Messi’s father and the Barcelona board, we assess the situation.

To understand how it looks and how it could evolve, you have to see it from all sides …

Read the full story here

Messi remains unlikely, says Barca presidential candidate

Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font says

Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font says “Lionel Messi’s departure must be as friendly as possible”

Barcelona presidential hopeful Victor Font says it seems unlikely that Lionel Messi will change his mind on the club’s exit.

Addressed exclusively to Sky Sports, Font – the man who hopes to succeed current president Josep Bartomeu – has said that if there is hope the likely outcome is that the player will leave.

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