Lionel Messi officially moved no closer to leaving Barcelona despite his father Jorge having talks with the club. Since informing the Catalan giants of his desire to leave Camp Nou, the related parties had been at loggerheads over a fee.

While Messi thinks he can trigger an option in his contract that would allow him to become a free agent, Barcelona insists that the 33-year-old can only leave if any interested club is willing to pay his £630 m release clause.

Messi’s father flew from Argentina to meet with President Josep Maria Bartomeu to make a diplomatic breakthrough. In the Daily Mail, however, it has been repeated that Barcelona was not prepared to reach an agreement over a price.

While they have no hope of meeting the demands of La Liga runners-up, Manchester City remains the favorites for signing the superstar over the coming weeks.

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