It is one of the few arguments against Messi’s legacy: the player has never challenged himself in leagues other than La Liga. Despite spending his entire professional career in Spain, the Argentine is again being linked with a move away from the country where he broke records for fun.
Amid the current turmoil at Barcelona surrounding the board and the fans, and the lack of signings, several reports have claimed Leo is reconsidering his future at Camp Nou. In July, the Blaugrana announced that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had agreed to a new deal, but the club recently revealed that he still has not put pen to paper.
The 30-year-old’s current contract expires in 2018, meaning the Copa del Rey champions could lose their legendary number 10 for nothing if a resolution is not reached. As a result, rumors linking him with a Guardiola reunion have once again been doing the rounds.The Spanish tactician was asked about Messi’s release clause, which stands at €300m. When asked if it could be triggered, Pep said:
"I don't know -- someone might if they have the money and want to spend it.
"It might happen, who knows?"
This could be seen as a hint at a move for the Argentine. However, according to ESPN, the Citizens are not ready to trigger Messi’s buyout clause. If he decides to leave, Leo won’t be short of suitors.
There are fears that La Pulga could sign a pre-contract with another club in January prior to a Bosman transfer next summer. Other reports suggest that the player is still happy at Camp Nou but is waiting to see how Barcelona act in the transfer window before signing a new deal.
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