TRANSFER: Messi sends warning to Barcelona over Neymar deal
La Liga By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 20/07/2019
Lionel Messi has sent a warning to Barcelona over the pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar this summer.The 27-year-old Brazil international left the Camp Nou two years ago for a world-record fee but the Ligue 1 Champions want to get rid of former Santos star and they are willing to listen to offer provided it meets their requirement.
Paris Saint-Germain are demanding close to the 222 million euros they paid for Neymar but Barcelona has offered Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic, Malcom and Ousmane Dembélé plus €40 million to for the signing of Mogi das Cruzes-born.According to Spanish football expert, Graham Hunter has now told Transfer Talk that Messi might not sign a new contract with the La Liga champions if they are not successful in wrapping up a deal for Neymar."Messi is a central player in all of this. Messi is not a stroppy player – people have portrayed him as such falsely. But when he sneezes, Barcelona catches a cold. "[Josep Maria] Bartomeu, the president, has said before he leaves – and he must quit the club in 2021 at the latest – he wants to leave Messi renewed once more.