The future of Lionel Messi once again took a twist this morning as bookmaker Paddy Power cut the price to 1/4 to remain at the Catalan club.
If the Argentinian does decide to leave Barcelona then a hook up with former boss Pep Guardiola looks the most likely, with odds availabe of around 13/5, while a move to French giants PSG has drifted overnight from 9/1 to around 16/1 this morning.
A meeting with Messi’s father Jorge & Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu yesterday has seemingly slashed the odds of Messi staying at Barcelona.
A Paddy Power Spokesman commented:
We’ve shifted (Messi) into his shortest price to stay put this window, which means bad news for Man City fans, but good news for fans and players of any other club in the Premier League who may have had to face him next season.
Its been an upheaval at Barcelona but the club do want Messi to stay, indicating that they want their prized starlet to stay until the end of his contract in June 2021.
The Argentinian’s contract has a buyout clause of 700 million euros ($1.14 billion) which would attract only a handful of prospective buyers.
Having been with the club for 20 years, a decision has still not been made as to which club Messi will join, or indeed if he will ever leave Barcelona.