Lionel Messi on Tuesday has confirmed his intention to move on from Barcelona. According to the reports, Messi informed about his intent to Barca management via a fax message. Messi wants to exercise a clause allowing him to leave Catalonia for free this summer, though the club insist that particular clause expired in June.The Argentine’s current buyout clause is set at €700million.
Regardless of whether or not a significant transfer fee will have to be paid for Messi in the event that he does leave Barcelona over the coming weeks, any club wishing to sign the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will still have to possess some real spending power, given his enormous salary.
Messi has made up his mind but question on everyone’s lips is where is one of the world’s most celebrated, followed and revered footballer is heading ?
Such is the following of Messi that betting companies world-wide have started releasing odds for betting on his next destination.
Messi’s next destination : Betting Companies releases odds, City favorites to sign Messi according to the bookmakers
Manchester City are unsurprisingly the bookmakers’ favourites to land Messi given their financial capabilities and the obvious Pep Guardiola connection, while Inter Milan have been frequently linked with the player’s signature over recent months. Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are also listed high in the odds, though the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin surely makes that particular deal unfeasible.
Whoever buys, signs Messi, It’s set to be an interesting transfer window. According to the odds released by leading betting company BETFAIR, Man City to favorite to sign Messi followed by Inter Milan and PSG.
Barcelona’s most fiercest of competition Real Madrid has been given odds of 150/1 chances of signing the legend.
Lionel Messi: Next permanent club odds (via Betfair)
Man City – 6/4
Inter Milan – 3/1
PSG – 3/1
Juventus – 4/1
Manchester United – 13/2
Any MLS club – 12/1
Liverpool – 14/1
Leeds – 20/1
Any Argentinian club – 25/1
Bayern Munich – 35/1
Chelsea – 50/1
Lazio – 100/1
Newcastle – 100/1
Napoli – 125/1
Real Madrid – 150/1
Football Business : Lionel Messi hands in transfer request to Barcelona, fans ask Board to resign
Barcelona fans are currently protesting against the club’s board following reports that Messi has asked to leave the club after two decades. Fans have demanded Josep Maria Bartomeu and board resignations after the reports.
Supporters gathered outside Barca’s headquarters on Tuesday night amid widespread claims that their most beloved and celebrated player had formally requested to move on this summer.
Some wore ‘Messi 10′ shirts, while jerseys bearing the Argentine’s name were also held aloft as the crowd appeared to make their feelings clear on a potentially momentous day in the illustrious history of Barcelona.
According to ESPN,Pep Guardiola’s side are “crunching the numbers” to see if there’s any chance they can land the Argentine without breaking FFP rules.
Obviously City have a bit of previous when it comes to FFP but are still “seriously looking into the costs” of landing Messi.