Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club and activate the release clause in his contract to officially depart the Spanish giants after 20 years.
The news comes two weeks after the club lost to Bayern Munich 8-2 in a trophyless season for the Blaugrana and an emergency meeting at Barcelona has been scheduled to resolve the situation.
The legendary Argentine has now been heavily linked to Manchester United and Manchester City, as well as with moves to Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan. However, Barcelona insist Messi's buyout clause remains at 700m euros, although, there is a chance he could leave on a free, despite the fact the winger's chance to do so expire in June.
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