Barcelona have threatened to take legal action in opposition to a Spanish newspaper that leaked main points of the membership’s contract negotiations with Lionel Messi in 2020.
On Wednesday, El Mundo launched a sequence of requests Messi made to the membership to resume his deal at Camp Nou as he moved into the general yr of his phrases.
Messi sought after his free up clause minimize all the way down to a symbolic €10,000, personal containers at Camp Nou for his and Luis Suarez‘s households, promises that deferred wages could be paid again to him and backdated fee bills to be paid to his brother Rodrigo for his paintings as an agent.
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“In relation to the information published in El Mundo under the title ‘Barca Leaks, the club’s secret files’, Barcelona express indignation at the intentional leaking of information that is part of a legal process,” the Catalan membership mentioned in a observation.
“The club regrets that the media in question boasts of having ‘access to a huge number of documents and emails that are part of the Barcagate investigation’ when this information is yet to be shared.
“In any case, the object in query makes public paperwork that experience not anything to do with the continuing case and their use is an affront to the recognition and confidentiality of the membership. For that reason why, and with the purpose of shielding Barcelona’s rights, the membership’s legal division are finding out the legal measures that wish to be taken.”
Barcagate is an ongoing legal case relating to third-party payments, breaching internal protocols and smear campaigns against club legends involving the previous president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his board of directors.
Messi isn’t a part of that case, neither is his earlier contract matter to any misdemeanours, however emails exchanged all through talks over a renewal have been seized by means of police as they accumulated knowledge for the Barcagate case.
Those emails therefore ended up in El Mundo on Wednesday.
The Spanish newspaper’s revelations element how Messi sought after a three-year deal till 2023 with a €10 million signing bonus and a unilateral way to prolong the contract till 2024.
Messi was once keen to take a 20% deferral to his annual wage — which was once round €70m, as printed by means of El Mundo in a prior leak — in 2020-21, however sought after promises he could be paid the deferred sums again within the following years with added hobby.
Later that very same yr, after an 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich within the Champions League, Messi filed a switch request by way of a burofax, a type of recorded supply, but it surely wasn’t till 2021 that he left for Paris Saint-Germain on a loose switch.
In 2021, he had agreed the phrases of a brand new contract with new president Joan Laporta, together with a 50% pay minimize, even if Barca may no longer come up with the money for to check in it with LaLiga, whilst his requests the former yr have been by no means green-lighted by means of the former president Bartomeu.