The £47 million purchase of Tottenham’s Cristian Romero was a crucial factor in Lionel Messi’s decision to leave Barcelona.
With less than two weeks till the start of the new La Liga season, Lionel Messi has sensationally departed Barcelona.
According to sources, Barcelona’s failure to recruit Atalanta defender Cristian Romero ahead of Tottenham played a crucial factor in Lionel Messi’s surprise exit on Thursday evening. Despite agreeing to a new five-year contract with the Catalan giants, the mercurial Argentine forward has left the club after the team failed to follow through on the agreement.
Messi was anticipated to sign a contract on Thursday, but due to Barcelona’s poor financial circumstances, they were obliged to let their prized asset leave.
In an official statement, they cited La Liga regulations, despite the fact that the forward remains unattached ahead of the new season.
After a glittering career with Barcelona, which he joined as a 13-year-old in 2000, the 34-year-old will now be forced to seek a new challenge.
Although Barca’s financial woes proved to be the ultimate nail in the coffin, Messi’s surprising exit is said to have been influenced by their summer transfer activities.
Since the start of the window, Ronald Koeman’s side has welcomed Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, and Emerson Royal through the door.
According to Mundo Deportivo, their inability to sign Romero did not sit well with Messi and was a reason in his departure.
According to the article, Messi requested that the club seek a deal for Atalanta’s best asset, who is expected to join Tottenham in the following days.
Spurs and Atalanta’s parent club Juventus have negotiated a deal in the area of £47 million for Romero, who will become the club’s third signing of the summer.
Barcelona is claimed to have attempted to sign the 23-year-old earlier in the transfer window, but it became clear that a deal would be hard to complete due to the financial difficulties involved.
After passing a medical in Italy, Romero was scheduled to fly into London on Thursday evening to finalize the details of his upcoming move to Tottenham.
Meanwhile, it’s unclear where Messi will play in the coming weeks and months, with Paris Saint-Germain reportedly considering a bid for his services.
After spending much of his summer vacation in Florida with his family, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been connected with Inter Miami.
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