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Messi set to depart Barcelona as financial regulations hamper contract renewal

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Messi set to depart Barcelona as financial regulations hamper contract renewal

The Argentine star’s latest deal expired this summer, but he was expected to commit to a new contract ahead of the new season.

Messi held talks with the club on Thursday. Although both parties hoped to reach an agreement that would see Messi remain at Camp Nou, the club announced last night that due to La Liga regulations regarding wage limits, it would not be possible to confirm the Argentine’s contract extension.

Messi had agreed to sign a new five-year contract with the Spanish giants. The 34-year-old was set to accept a deal that would see his weekly wage reduced by 50 per cent.

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But the club’s financial situation made it impossible for them to register him for the new season without drastically reducing their wage bill. 

The news came as a major shock to everyone all over the world, and according to Diario SPORT, the sudden reversal was equally astonishing for Messi himself, who was reportedly left very surprised at this abrupt breakdown when things were going well.

According to the report, Messi had his heart set on continuing his football career at his boyhood club after refusing numerous offers from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, but the recent turn of events has left him deeply affected emotionally.

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Many football fans all over the world still believe that the saga is not over and that Barca is still working with the Argentine football icon to resolve the issue. However, it seems unlikely that the situation can be reversed as Messi’s 20 years at Camp Nou have seemingly come to an end.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has scheduled a press conference today to elaborate on what exactly the issue is.

Other reports also state that Messi, while heartbroken, does not want to leave before saying goodbye to the fans, but he also wants to take time to reflect on how to proceed after this staggering turn of events.

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Struggling Barcelona eye Liverpool Boss for redemption

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Struggling Barcelona eye Liverpool Boss for redemption

After being thrashed 3-0 by Bayern Munich in their opening game for this season’s Champions League campaign, Barcelona were humbled yet again by Benfica on Wednesday…and by the same score.

The Catalans, who mostly cruise through every first round of the campaign, are currently in unfamiliar territory, and most of the blame has been pushed on their Dutch manager, Ronald Koeman.

After a shocking Messi exit, Camp Nou is seemingly sitting on hot coal as they have had a disappointing start to both their domestic league and champions’ league season, hence immediate change is needed.

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Though, according to “Sport”, Koeman’s future at Barcelona still hangs in the balance until their game against title defenders Atletico Madrid this weekend, a defeat could bring Ronald’s era at Barcelona to an end.

According to reports, Barca has their eyes on Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as one of the five candidates to take up the mantle.

The German manager has had a rather successful six-year run at Anfield and helped the Reds bag countless titles, among them the coveted Champions League trophy (2018-2019), and the Premier League (2019-2020).

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Klopp, who has a history of coaching clubs for long periods, could be just what Barcelona needs as he is experienced not just in the domestic leagues, but in the Champions League, EUROPA, club FIFA World Cup, and Super Cup.

Whether or not Barcelona decides on Jurgen, though, they might have to appoint a temporary coach as Koeman’s replacement until next summer.

Still, if reports are to be trusted, a coach replacement decision will depend on how Barcelona perform at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium this Saturday.

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Barcelona board members ‘ask for the dismissal of Ronald Koeman’

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Barcelona board members 'ask for the dismissal of Ronald Koeman'

The Barcelona club’s president, Joan Laporta, has apparently received a number of board member requests to fire head coach Ronald Koeman as soon as possible.

The Catalan club has started the season unbeaten in La Liga, with seven points from their first three matches, but they were defeated 3-0 at home by Bayern Munich in their opening Champions League match on Tuesday.

Barca are said to have no plans to relieve Koeman of his duties at Camp Nou in the near future and are willing to give the Dutchman more time as the manager.

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According to Catalan news station TV3, certain members of Barcelona’s board of directors – which consists of 18 members – think that now is the appropriate time to fire the 58-year-old and replace him with a new manager.

According to the article, Laporta and the club’s vice president Rafael Yuste are inclined to concur that a change of coach is required, despite the fact that director of football Mateu Alemany and technical secretary Ramon Planes believe in Koeman.

Barca manager Ronald Koeman has coached both Southampton and Everton in the Premier League, winning a total of 36 matches, drawing 10, and recording 12 losses in the 58 games he has overseen.

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Barcelona superstar to leave on a free transfer next summer – report

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Barcelona superstar to leave on a free transfer next summer – report

Barcelona’s contract renewal drama with winger Ousmane Dembele continues to take unexpected turns. The Frenchman’s recent lack of commitment on his future has sparked much debate within the Blaugrana circle about his future.

Many believe Dembele has already played his final game for Barcelona, despite the large number of suitors for the 24-year-old and the club’s apparently endless list of financial woes, but that is not the case, according to sources from TV3.

Since joining Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, Dembele has had his greatest season in terms of fitness and output. Despite this, he has fallen well short of repaying the club’s financial and sporting faith in him. Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, both in Italy, are said to be interested in signing him.

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The twist, as previously reported, was that Dembele would stay with the Catalans until the conclusion of his current contract, which expires in 2022, and then leave on a free transfer. Given the amount of money they have put in him and their current financial predicament, that would be a nightmare for Barcelona.

Given his strong season, a sale could help him recoup some of his losses. Furthermore, the expected arrival of Memphis Depay, who, according to the rumor, will be confirmed after Holland’s next Euro matchday, will force Barcelona to free up cash and space in the attack.

Dembele, who is also representing France at the Euros, has declared that he would concentrate on the competition with Les Bleus for the time being, after which the renewal negotiations may resume. However, as Barcelona’s patience wears thin, the idea of the winger’s exit becomes more likely.

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