Rumour: Lionel Messi

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Rumour: Lionel Messi

by NathStPaul » 05 Aug 2021 19:00

Lionel Messi definitely leaving Barcelona.

Could definitely do with a more attacking options, might fit within the £8500 a week wage budget too. Well worth a look.

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by morganb » 05 Aug 2021 19:06

Bournemouth in for him

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by windermereROYAL » 05 Aug 2021 21:04

No thanks, too old.

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by CountryRoyal » 06 Aug 2021 01:07

Too small for the championship, if Liam Kelly couldn’t cut it don’t see this fella being up to much.

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by Mr Optimist » 06 Aug 2021 12:36

morganb Bournemouth in for him


and Forest.


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by Sutekh » 06 Aug 2021 13:51

Wednesday fans say 1 good game in 5 but that game is :shock:

Think I’ll pass.

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by Franchise FC » 06 Aug 2021 14:53

Sutekh Wednesday fans say 1 good game in 5 but that game is :shock:

Think I’ll pass.

Which is more than he would need to do at this level :wink:

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by Jagermesiter1871 » 06 Aug 2021 15:22

I imagine Derby will sign him after selling their mascot for £300 billion.

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by WestYorksRoyal » 06 Aug 2021 15:23

I heard he's looking to prove to everyone that he can deliver on a cold, wet Tuesday night in Stoke and unfortunately as we're playing them tomorrow that will put us out of the running


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by linkenholtroyal » 06 Aug 2021 16:13

once we offload Moore we should be able to afford him.

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by Stranded » 08 Aug 2021 07:03

In all seriousness, one if these days I would love to see a top player, who whilst still at the top thinking sod it, I want a real challenge and I've won trophies etc. So I'm going to sign for a Reading/Barnsley etc and see what I can do.

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by Snowflake Royal » 08 Aug 2021 13:27

Stranded In all seriousness, one if these days I would love to see a top player, who whilst still at the top thinking sod it, I want a real challenge and I've won trophies etc. So I'm going to sign for a Reading/Barnsley etc and see what I can do.

Be great to see someone like that just see out a contract and see if they could singlehandedly take say Scunthorpe or Barrow from the foot of L2 to promotion as a year out and then sign for City etc

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by Elm Park Kid » 08 Aug 2021 16:38

Was chatting about this yesterday and it's debatable that any of the PL clubs in the CL would have the financial freedom to sign him - his wages are just too high to get within the rules.

Funnily enough, Spurs are probably the only PL club that could manage it as their new stadium will give them a high income and their wages are surprisingly low, especially if Kane goes. But . . . Messi . . .Spurs . . . . .Messi . . . .Spurs .. . .nope, just doesn't sound right

Given the state of European football finances it really is PSG or Barca for him - if Barca can get players off their books.


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by windermereROYAL » 08 Aug 2021 16:45

Elm Park Kid Was chatting about this yesterday and it's debatable that any of the PL clubs in the CL would have the financial freedom to sign him - his wages are just too high to get within the rules.

Funnily enough, Spurs are probably the only PL club that could manage it as their new stadium will give them a high income and their wages are surprisingly low, especially if Kane goes. But . . . Messi . . .Spurs . . . . .Messi . . . .Spurs .. . .nope, just doesn't sound right

Given the state of European football finances it really is PSG or Barca for him - if Barca can get players off their books.


Would that be the same Barca that have just released him?

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by Elm Park Kid » 08 Aug 2021 20:06

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Elm Park Kid Was chatting about this yesterday and it's debatable that any of the PL clubs in the CL would have the financial freedom to sign him - his wages are just too high to get within the rules.

Funnily enough, Spurs are probably the only PL club that could manage it as their new stadium will give them a high income and their wages are surprisingly low, especially if Kane goes. But . . . Messi . . .Spurs . . . . .Messi . . . .Spurs .. . .nope, just doesn't sound right

Given the state of European football finances it really is PSG or Barca for him - if Barca can get players off their books.


Would that be the same Barca that have just released him?


His contract ran out and Barca were literally not allowed to give him a new one due to league wage budget restrictions. If they can reduce their squad I wouldn't put it past them negotiating a new deal with him.

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Re: Rumour: Lionel Messi

by Horsham Royal » 09 Aug 2021 00:05

If he really wanted to stay at Barcelona .... he could take a massive pay cut couldn't he?

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by Millsy » 09 Aug 2021 10:02

Yes ok let's do it. He's a fairly good player.

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by Elm Park Kid » 09 Aug 2021 10:05

Horsham Royal If he really wanted to stay at Barcelona .... he could take a massive pay cut couldn't he?


He agreed a 50% wage cut with the club but the Spanish football authorities told Barca it would still leave them over their allowed wage limit.

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Re: Rumour: Lionel Messi

by Horsham Royal » 09 Aug 2021 15:38

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Horsham Royal If he really wanted to stay at Barcelona .... he could take a massive pay cut couldn't he?


He agreed a 50% wage cut with the club but the Spanish football authorities told Barca it would still leave them over their allowed wage limit.

That's a start, but by massive I mean 90 - 100%.
I'm assuming, even with tax fraud penalties, he has no financial worries at present (or for life).

Just saying, if he really wanted to stay he could ... not unlike Stranded's thoughts on a player taking a pay hit to drop down a league for what he wants.

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Re: Rumour: Lionel Messi

by Elm Park Kid » 09 Aug 2021 15:43

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Horsham Royal If he really wanted to stay at Barcelona .... he could take a massive pay cut couldn't he?


He agreed a 50% wage cut with the club but the Spanish football authorities told Barca it would still leave them over their allowed wage limit.

That's a start, but by massive I mean 90 - 100%.
I'm assuming, even with tax fraud penalties, he has no financial worries at present (or for life).


I mean - we might actually end up somewhere close to that. He doesn't want to leave, Barca don't want him to go. PSG really is his only other option, and I don't know how they will get round CL financial fair play. I don't blame the guy for wanting to make as much as he can in his last few years - but football is a different world to what is was pre-covid.

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