Barcelona's financial director feels suitors could still pursue Messi
Spanish club Barcelona's financial and strategy director Pancho Schroder feels Lionel Messi's potential suitors could go all the way in order to land him. According to a report in Sky Sports, Schroder feels that Barcelona could face a challenge in keeping him at the club in the future, despite his €700 million release clause. Let's have a look who could pursue Messi.
Clubs would love to get the best player
The Argentine is regarded as one of the best players in the world. Messi has been in Barcelona since childhood and is the record goal scorer beside helping them winning every trophy on the planet. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is no doubt a dream target for many top clubs and the richer ones could meet his staggering valuation at some point.
Potential clubs that could meet the clause
Although it is likely that Messi will retire at Barcelona, there are certain clubs that could go all the way and meet his valuation. At the moment, it looks like Qatari owned duo of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are the favourite suitors.
Could it actually happen?
After Neymar's world record move to PSG in the summer of 2017, there is a possibility of suitors meeting the release clause. The Brazilian's €222 million release clause was met by the French giants PSG. This, in turn, was highlighted by Schroder that nothing can be written off. With the transfer market in a hyper inflation mode, the near future could surprise many.
Top transfers in the world
Neymar (Barcelona to PSG)- €222 million, Kylian Mbappe (Monaco to PSG)- €180 million, Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool to Barcelona)- €163 million, Ousmane Dembele (Dortmund to Barcelona)- €147 million, Paul Pogba (Juventus to Manchester United)- €105 million.