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MESSI CRUNCH TALKS

- JACK GAUGHAN Sports · Soccer · La Liga (Spain) · Lionel Messi · Barcelona · Manchester City Football Club · Manchester · Catalonia · Camp Nou · FC Barcelona

THE key pro­tag­o­nists de­ter­min­ing Lionel Messi’s fu­ture are now in Barcelona as his trans­fer saga in­volv­ing Manch­ester City reaches crunch-time. Messi’s fa­ther, Jorge, has flown into Cat­alo­nia and will hold talks with the Barca hi­er­ar­chy this week. He is ex­pected to ask that Messi be al­lowed to leave the Nou Camp for noth­ing, be­liev­ing a free trans­fer clause that ex­pired on June 10 is still valid ow­ing to coro­n­avirus. City sport­ing di­rec­tor Txiki Be­giris­tain has also jet­ted to Barcelona. He is stay­ing with fam­ily on the out­skirts of the city, but his ar­rival feels sig­nif­i­cant.

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GETTY IM­AGES Barca loner: Messi’s fu­ture is in the bal­ance

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