Lionel Messi has sensationally handed in a switch request at Barcelona.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner, 33, desires the membership to honour an settlement which permits him to chop brief his contract on the finish of every season and go away at no cost.
The LaLiga giants have confirmed to the Related Press that the 33-year-old desires to activate that clause and go away this summer time.
It means Messi’s final match for Barcelona could possibly be their humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich within the Champions League quarter-finals.
Man City are the favourites to signal Messi at 13/10 with the membership having made no secret of their want to signal him ought to he change into out there and given his shut relationship with their supervisor Pep Guardiola.
Whereas teaching the Argentina ahead at Barcelona, Guardiola received three LaLiga titles and two Champions League trophies throughout a four-year spell in cost from 2008.
Paris Saint-Germain priced at 12/5 to be Messi’s subsequent membership, with Qatari-owned French giants among the many few golf equipment in world soccer who might afford his enormous pay packet.
Juventus are the subsequent within the betting – the prospect of linking up with nice rival Cristiano Ronaldo a tantalising one – whereas Manchester United are simply 5/1 to signal Messi subsequent.
Inter Milan are additionally being talked about as a possible vacation spot for the Argentine maestro.
Leeds, surprisingly, are forward of Arsenal and Chelsea within the betting to be Messi’s subsequent membership – priced at 33/1 alongside Liverpool.
That’s maybe attributable to compatriot Marcelo Bielsa, who Messi is thought to admire and – in accordance with experiences in Spain – had lately pushed to change into Barca boss.
Spokesman Paddy Energy stated: “All of the sudden, the best participant within the historical past of soccer has obtained much more reasonably priced – as experiences counsel Lionel Messi can go away Barcelona on a free switch, regardless of his €700million buy-out clause.
“He’ll nonetheless demand a hefty wage bundle, although, which leaves PSG and Man City in pole place to signal him.”
Odds on Lionel Messi’s subsequent membership
13/10 Man City
5/1 Man United
5/1 Inter Milan
12/1 Any MLS membership
16/1 Al Sadd
20/1 Any Argentine membership
20/1 Any Chinese language membership
25/1 Bayern Munich
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