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Will Barcelona sell Messi in January? Here’s what could happen after the opening of the transfer market

Will Barcelona sell Messi in January? Here’s what could happen after the opening of the transfer market

Will Barcelona sell Messi in January? Here’s what could happen after the opening of the transfer market

The Argentina superstar tried his best to leave Barcelona in the summer, only to be prevented from leaving by the club's higher ups who refused to let him leave on a free transfer.

Multiple factors will keep Lionel Messi at Barcelona beyond the ongoing January transfer window, with the most important among them the timing of the club's presidential elections.

The management committee currently in charge of overseeing the affairs of the club will not be able to sell Messi in January, mainly because the club's rule states that the ‘interim board' can take only those functions of the previous regime that are necessary or essential to maintain normal activities.

Messi's future doesn't fall in either of the two categories, meaning only the new president elected by the vote of the socios will be able to sanction the Argentine's departure. And doing that is easier said than done due to the timing of the club's presidential elections.

That's because, once selected president on January 24, the new president will only have seven days to negotiate Messi's potential departure – a herculean task given the complexities that will be a part and parcel of any such deal. That means that any potential deal for the player would likely have to wait until the end of the season, at the earliest.

Will Messi go to Man City or PSG after leaving Barcelona?

There are two potential reasons why Messi might go to Man City, and not Juventus or PSG, if he decides to end his two-decade long association with the Camp Nou outfit. The first of them is his relationship with Pep Guardiola whereas the second is the financial power of Premier League giants.

PSG and Juventus, the other two sides who will want to go for Messi in the summer, also have the financial power. But they don’t have the manager who got the best out of Messi in Barca. That’s potentially why, if he ever decides to leave Barca, Messi’s next destination will be the Premier League.


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