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Barcelona News Roundup: Lionel Messi close to Barca exit, Real Betis want Blaugrana defender and more

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Barcelona have received a blow in their efforts to keep Lionel Messi at the club beyond this season.

Barcelona play their all-important Copa Del Rey semi-final second leg against Sevilla tonight. The Copa Del Rey is a title Barcelona have a realistic chance of winning, but they will need to stage an incredible Camp Nou comeback tonight to advance to the final after losing the first leg 2-0.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the main stories involving Barcelona from March 3, 2021.

Joan Laporta urges fans to vote for him if they want Messi to stay

Joan laporta
Joan laporta

Barcelona’s presidential election will take place on March 7. Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Tony Freixa are the three candidates. Laporta, who was in office during Barcelona’s dominant period from 2003 to 2010, issued a sort of ultimatum to fans regarding Lionel Messi’s future.

He urged fans to vote for him as his assumption of the presidency is the only scenario in which Lionel Messi will choose to stay at Camp Nou. Joan Laporta said RAC1:

“I have a great relationship with Leo and he will consider any proposal I make. If I don’t win I’m sure Leo won’t stay at Barcelona.

“Messi will evaluate the offer we make to him. I am convinced that if the other candidates win, Messi will not stay at Barcelona. He was not happy during Freixa’s time on the board.”

Real Betis interested in Barcelona youngster Oscar Mingueza

Oscar Mingueza
Oscar Mingueza

Young Barcelona player Oscar Mingueza has entered the final months of his current contract. His agreement will expire on June 30. However, Barcelona have the option of unilaterally extending their contract by one year and as such an extension is likely to occur.

The youngster impressed in his debut season with the Barcelona senior team. He was effective both in the center rear and in the right rear. According to Sports world, Real Betis are interested in signing Mingueza and have already contacted Barcelona to probe the possibility of a deal.

Mingueza has also caught the attention of several English teams, according to the report. A decision on its future will be made once the new president is elected.

Lionel Messi looking for houses in Paris

Lionel messi
Lionel messi

It was one of the worst seasons in Barcelona history. There has been too much drama in and around the club. Amid all the political turmoil, they also face the possibility of their star man Lionel Messi leaving the club.

After informing the club of his desire to leave last summer, Messi had to stay put as no club could afford to sign him. However, he will become a free agent in the summer and Manchester city and Paris Saint Germain circled his signature.

According to reports in Spain via (Express), Lionel Messi started planning his life away from Barcelona. They say he is looking for houses in Paris. Paris Saint-Germain have a lot of familiar faces when it comes to Lionel Messi.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino is his compatriot as are Mauro Icardi, Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes. Paris Saint-Germain also have a strong project that Messi would like to be a part of.

Posted on March 03, 2021 at 6:39 PM IST


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