Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu willing to resign if Lionel Messi stays

Messi and Neymar shake hands

Messi and Neymar shake hands

Fans have protested asking for Messi to stay and Bartomeu to resign, and the latest reports claim the president is willing to step down for the sake of the club.

Messi's situation has been viewed as a power struggle between player and Bartomeu's board, and the president's offer may change Messi's mind over staying to be part of new manager Ronald Koeman's rebuilding.

Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan are among the clubs to have been linked to Messi, who is among the greatest players in history and has wages to match, with a reported weekly salary of almost one million euros. Bartomeu's exit, however, would see the board remain until the next presidential elections, which are scheduled for March.

Messi is eager to leave Barcelona in the wake of their harrowing 8-2 Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich, which ensured that the Catalan club ended the season without a trophy.

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The development comes as Barcelona's leadership is working to convince Messi to stay at Camp Nou at least until 2021, when his contract expires.

Spending such an exorbitant amount of money could once again push Manchester City into trouble regarding the Financial Fair Play, having just won a legal battle with UEFA, where they managed to overturn their two-year ban from European competitions.

Supporters gathered outside Barcelona's stadium when news broke that Messi had asked to leave this summer, informing the club that he intends to find a new club.

Garcia, meanwhile, was a Barcelona youth player before switching to Man City. Manchester City are, no doubt, keeping a close eye on this legal battle, failing which, Messi's €700 million release clause would remain intact.

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