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Last request of Messi to reinforce the squad that Barcelona did not fulfill

Last request of Messi to reinforce the squad that Barcelona did not fulfill

Barcelona is experiencing the end of an era: Lionel Messi will not continue at the club that received him two decades ago and his future in world football is a real unknown. Although the main obstacle to the formalization of a new contract between the parties was in the “economic and structural obstacles” imposed by the Spanish League, there is also a variable related to the formation of the new squad.

One of the conditions that Leo had set to continue at Blaugrana was related to the hiring of names that could nurture the low performance of the team, which although he had him as the top scorer of the tournament with 30 annotations was far from fighting for the title that conquered Atlético Madrid.

According to the Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo, which closely follows the entity’s day-to-day life, one of the keys to the “slowdown” in the negotiations was in the truncated negotiations to hire Argentine defender Cristian Romero.

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The journalist Pablo Planas affirmed this in an article titled “The non-signing of Romero, key in Messi’s braking.” There he reports that La Pulga had asked to sign the central marker of Atalanta of Italy, which had a brilliant irruption in recent months with the Argentine team.

Romero is just 23 years old and since his debut in Belgrano de Córdoba in 2016 he had a vertiginous rise that even allowed him to settle as a starter in the team that was crowned champion of the Copa América. Genoa bought it for almost $ 3 million for the 2018/19 season and then Juventus put in $ 26 million later to acquire it, although he never made his debut at that club and ended up standing out during his loans at Atalanta.

After being chosen the best defender in Serie A, several clubs laid eyes on him and Barcelona was one of them. However, Cuti Romero’s path is pushing him towards Tottenham in England and that, according to Planas, would be one of the obstacles for Messi to continue at Blaugrana.

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“One of the reasons why the negotiations have entered into a tailspin has been the non-signing of Cristian Romero,” said the journalist, who affirmed that the Argentine was “an express express request from Messi” and that this “has been a but very big for the Argentine in relation to the negotiations ”.

The information indicates that Barça put on the table an offer of 40 million for his pass, plus another 10 additional. However, rumors are growing stronger in relation to a landing in the Premier League to sign for Tottenham, who would pay about 50 million euros to make him the most expensive Argentine defender in history.

Beyond this focus on Romero, the reality is that the transfer market of the entity chaired by Joan Laporta was not what was expected. So far, they have announced three signings of free players such as Éric García, Sergio Agüero and Memphis Depay, plus the low-cost signing of defender Emerson Royal. Regardless of Cuti, the hope of forming a competitive team does not seem to be fulfilled with these signings.

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In the midst of all this situation, and more than a month after being left with the pass in their possession, Barcelona confirmed that it will not make a new link with Messi hiding behind the directives of La Liga in Spain. “Despite having reached an agreement between FC Barcelona and Leo Messi and with the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, it cannot be formalized due to economic and structural obstacles (La Liga regulations Spanish). Faced with this situation, Lionel Messi will not continue linked to FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of both the player and the Club cannot finally be fulfilled “, they said from the entity. (Infobae)

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