Are Barcelona Planning To Sell Lionel Messi??
Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has hit out at the “incompetents” currently controlling the club, with Josep Maria Bartomeu accused of disrespecting Luis Suarez and looking to sell Lionel Messi.
Chaos on and off the field has engulfed Camp Nou over recent weeks, with much work required in order to restore a sense of calm.
Quique Setien has been relieved of his managerial duties on the back of La Liga title failure and a disastrous 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Former fan favourite Ronald Koeman has been appointed in his place, with the Dutchman in the process of assessing his options.
It is reported that one big call has seen long-serving frontman Suarez informed that his services are no longer required in Catalunya.
Laporta is stunned to learn that Barca may be willing to part with a striker who has hit 198 goals for the club through 283 appearances.
He believes the South American is deserving of greater respect, with the 33-year-old said to have been told over the phone that he is free to move on.
Barca are also running the risk of forcing talismanic captain Messi through the exits, with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner concerned by the direction in which the Blaugrana are heading.
“It’s an unacceptable way for the club to behave and it harms the image of the club. I suspect they want to sell Messi, which would be an historic mistake.”
Laporta added: “Poor Barca in the hands of these incompetents.”