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Barcelona interim president Carlos Tusquets admitted that it would have made financial sense for the club to have cashed in on Lionel Messi during the 2020 transfer window.
Messi submitted a transfer request over the summer after Barcelona’s turbulent season ended with a humiliating 8-2 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich.
The Argentine was linked to a reunion with former coach Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, but was ultimately unable to leave the Camp Nou due to the 700 million euro termination clause in his contract with Barcelona.
Chaos has continued in Barcelona this season, with the Catalan giants winning just four of their first nine La Liga games. The increasingly unpopular Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned as president in October, and the club has been forced to agree to pay cuts with the squad to deal with the economic implications of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Economically speaking, he would have sold Messi in the summer window,” Tusquets, who is temporarily serving as Barcelona’s interim president before elections in January, told Spanish radio station RAC1 (via Reuters).
“Both in terms of what you save on the salary bill and the money you make, it would have been desirable. But this is something the coaching staff has to give their consent to and that is not my place.
“The League is setting salary caps at the moment and this would have helped on that front.”
Messi is the one who earns the most from Barcelona, pocketing 565,000 euros a week. The club has been particularly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, given the impact that Covid-19 has had on the tourism industry.
At the end of November, the Barcelona players agreed to a pay cut of 122 million euros over the next three years to try to recover from the economic impact of the pandemic.
Messi has also been linked to a move to PSG, rumors his father has dismissed, and Neymar revealed his desire to return to play with his former teammate in France next season following his team’s win over Manchester United on Wednesday. at night.