Lionel Messi transfers rumours update for 29 August 2020. Manchester City are unwilling to include first team players as makeweights in a bid to sign him.
Messi is reportedly considering not turning up for PCR coronavirus tests at the Barcelona training ground on Sunday after speaking with his legal team (Sport).
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu will refuse to sell Messi because of his support from the club’s fans, and would not sanction a part-exchange deal with Manchester City. Bartomeu will speak with Messi on Sunday only about the legalities of the clause in his contract which previously permitted him to leave the club for free (Mundo Deportivo).
Ronald Koeman has returned to Barcelona after several days in Amsterdam, and will look to act as a mediator between Messi and Bartomeu to resolve the player’s future (Sport).
Manchester City are unwilling to include regular first team players as makeweights in a bid to sign Messi. Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez have all been mooted as potentially forming part of the negotiations (Daily Mail).
Messi has still not responded to Bartomeu’s offer to resign if he agrees to stay at the club, but the player is expected to make his thoughts clear ‘very soon’ (Sport).
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