Soon after the match finished, reports surfaced of Messi wanting out of Camp Nou if major changes were not made.
But the well-informed Marcelo Bechler, who was first to break the Neymar to PSG story, claims that the Argentine is seeking an exit.
Atenção para a notícia: Messi quer deixar o Barcelona. Não em 2021. Agora. pic.twitter.com/XTcJwYIa2s
— Marcelo Bechler (@marcelobechler) August 16, 2020
Both clubs have shown interest in 33-year-old Messi over the years and could now have a chance to sign him.
Potentially complicating matters is the fact that Messi’s exit clause expired on May 30.
Messi could have left Barca for free before that date, and can do so again next summer.
However, right now Barcelona are entitled to command a transfer fee for the talismanic forward.
If nothing else, that will give them time to try and convince Messi to stay at Camp Nou.
The club are set to undergo major internal changes, which will include a new head coach.
Mauricio Pochettino and Xavi Hernandez have been tipped for the job, but Ronald Koeman is now reportedly in the lead.