Messi set to avoid Barca release clause

The Argentine’s Camp Nou exit is looking likely

Clubs won’t be obliged to meet Lionel Messi’s €700 million (£624m/$833m) release clause, claims Cadena SER

That mammoth sum has reportedly been avoided by Messi’s decision to depart Barcelona at the end of the 2019-20 season. 

Barca may still push for a fee on the grounds of the Argentine walking away without just cause, but they’ll have to accept a much smaller fee than their original release clause. 

Barcelona believe Lionel Messi will sign for Manchester City and they are hoping to agree a £250 million (€280m/$333m) deal for the Argentine, claims the Mirror

The revised transfer fee comes as City and Messi continue to investigate the chances of him leaving Camp Nou for free. 

Barca are willing to accept players as part of the deal but want at least £120m (€134m/$160m) in cash so they can rebuild their squad.