Argentinian Superstar Messi’s father who also doubles as the agent, Jorge Messi has landed in Barcelona for showdown talks over his son Lionel’s future – and declared: “I don’t know anything“.
He was pictured boarding a private plane in Argentina on Tuesday night to head to Spain.
Jorge Messi landed at El Prat Airport in Barcelona first thing on Wednesday morning where he was met by a scrum of reporters after his son plunged the Catalan club into chaos.
In his first public appearance since the news broke, he simply said: “I don’t know anything, guys” as he headed into a taxi beyond a scrum of reporters.
He will meet with club chiefs and president Josep Maria Bartomeu later this day.
It is claimed Jorge wants to negotiate an amicable exit from the club, whilst Bartomeu and Barcelona still hope to convince their star man to pen a new deal.
Messi, meanwhile, is adamant and insisted he wants to leave but faces a tricky situation with dispute over the release clause in his contract.
Lionel Messi insists the clause has expired and does not currently apply whereas Barcelona and LaLiga say his £623million release clause is still active.
Both parties want to avoid the situation being resolved in court – but no club can afford the £630million buy-out clause in Messi’s current deal.
Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain is also currently in Barcelona, with some suggestions he could meet with Messi.
The Premier League club are front-runners to land the playmaker if he departs, with claims they have submitted a huge five-year contract proposal worth a staggering amount of over £600million.