Lionel Messi will cost his suitors a fee of around £352 million all in, if he ever decides to leave Barcelona, according to reports.
The likes of Manchester United and Chelsea have both been strongly rumoured to having an interest in the Argentina superstar over the course of the past week, and comments from the player himself about the ever-changing nature of football did little to put the gossip to bed once and for all.
According to the Daily Express however it would take an astronomical package to be prepared before a deal for Messi is even feasible, thanks to his ridiculously high release clause and equally lucrative wage demands.
A £200 million offer is what stops potential buyers from ruling out Barcelona dismissing a bid - that’s his release clause - and on top of that his wages in La Liga are said to be worth around £152 million for the duration of his contract.
Would he leave?
As it’s highly unlikely Messi would ever agree to leave his beloved boyhood club for anything less than what he’s earning now that means anyone with a serious interest will have to stump up a total of at least £352 million. Whilst it’s not beyond the realms of possibility for some clubs that makes the whole idea fairly kaput.
Yet rumours insist on claiming that Barcelona are worried over the financial implications it could have if Messi sees out the entirety of his deal at the Nou Camp, and would therefore be ready to consider a sale if a colossal offer came in.