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02-Sep-2020, 02:37 pm

Lionel Messi's father and agent Jorge arrives in Barcelona for showdown talks after son's transfer demand

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Lionel Messi's father and agent Jorge has arrived in Barcelonaand is expected to try to negotiate a move away for the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

However, it has been reported that Barca are willing to offer their all-time leading goalscorer a contract extension until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Upon arriving at El Prat Airport, Jorge Messi told reporters: "I don't know anything, guys."

Messi did not report for the first day of pre-season training under Ronald Koeman on Monday, signalling his belief thata clause in his contract allowing him to leave on a free has been activated.

He alsofailed to show up for a coronavirus screening on Sundayand will not join his team-mates for training as he no longer considers himself part of Koeman’s squad.

However, Barca and La Liga are ofthe opinion the €700 million(£624m/$823m) release clause in a deal that runs until next June will need to be metfor him to terminate his agreement at Camp Nou, althoughthe Argentine's legal team are ready to argue that he should beallowed to terminate his deal unilaterally.

Messi had a clause in his contract which would have allowed him to cancel his Barcelona deal, which expired in June. However, he believes it was still valid when he notified Barcelona of his desire to leave last week, due to the 2019-20 season being extended into August because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Manchester City, managed by former Barca boss Pep Guardiola, are reported to be leading the race to sign Messi.Paris Saint-Germain and Inter have also been credited with significant interest in the 33-year-old Argentina international.

Messihas written himself into club legend by scoring a record 634 goals for the Catalans in 731 outings, including 31 in 44 last term, in which Barca finished second inLa LigatoReal Madrid, having led the league prior to the coronavirus lockdown, and suffering a humiliating 8-2 defeat toBayern Munichin the quarter-finals of theChampions League.

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