Barca President Faces ‘Jail Term’ If He Sells Messi
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu could “end up in jail” if he cashes in on Lionel Messi, according to Guillem Balague.
The Argentine superstar is locked in a stunning transfer war with the unpopular Nou Camp president.
Messi, 33, is desperately seeking a way out of the club this summer after handing in a transfer request.
The superstar believes he is a free agent after exercising a clause in his contract.
Bartomeu is adamant that isn’t the case – insisting the break clause expired on June 10 – and will only sell if a European rival matches his £630million release clause.
Messi has since taken matters into his own hands and refused to turn up to training ahead of the new season.
legal battle between the six-time Ballon d’Or winner and the Catalan giants that is likely to have a chaotic ending.
Manchester City are waiting in the wings should Messi’s signature become available.
Spanish journalist Balague continues to provide updates on the situation and even suggests Bartomeu could face jail time over “mishandling assets.