Goal takes a look at the striker`s contract clause. A clause has also been inserted into Messi`s contract in 2017, stipulating that he could leave Barcelona for free at the end of each season if he wishes, as explained by Spanish football expert Graham Hunter. Purchase clauses have been mandatory aspects of football contracts in Spain since 1985. Lionel Messi will play three years in the Premier League before signing a “five-year contract” with the City Football Group (CFG), according to reports. Official statement from The League. In the contractual fight for Leo Messi, they are on the Barcelona side: “The current agreement is still valid and the payment of 700 million euros is the only way out.” Manchester City are still waiting for Barca`s decision. large_blue_circle: #MCFC pic.twitter.com/p15IWcBRMg Once your ability or desire to fulfill your obligations under a contract evaporates, it is important to consider the cost or performance or the ability to change the conditions. It is important that you look carefully at your position and from a business perspective and agree on the worst possible alternative to a negotiated solution. While Messi is obviously an attractive target, if his legal team can successfully claim that Messi triggered his release option in accordance with the terms of the contract, there will obviously be increased interest for the player if a party can avoid the replacement sum (which certainly increases the amount remaining in the budget for Messiah`s salary). Graham Hunter added: “Messi`s side will argue that, although the timing of this clause in his contract has arrived, they will say it was a strange season, an extended season. The 33-year-old signed a four-year contract in November 2017, a contract that made his dream of ending his career in his Barcelona “homeland.” It appears that the two sides have agreed on the draft new treaty, which is expected to last another two years. The Spanish football season, like many others in the world, has been extended due to the closures of Spain in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Normally, the season would have ended on May 24, 2020.