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Old 26th August 2020, 11:34   #1951
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From what I have read, it's not easy as it sounds, Barca has put a €700 Million release clause for Messi, but he had on option where he can terminate his contract and become a free agent. But that clause ended in May, so in words, Messi doesn't have that option, his lawyers can argue that the league has concluded now, so in spirit, he still has that option.

So, it all boils down to, whether Bartomeu steps down as president or whether he continues to be the president and lets Messi go for a reasonable fees, or whether he stays at the helm and starts a legal war against arguably the biggest star in history of the club, and in process burns all bridges.

Resigning seems to be far more reasonable option at this stage and he may still salvage some respect in the process, but there is a rumor that he has to balance a lot of books before stepping down and that's why he is reluctant to step down.

I must confess, none of this may be true, we never know, like I said this is off the internet.
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Every club will be dreaming but i don't see Messi going anywhere. Just a power play to remove Bartomeu and possibly Koeman too who was a ridiculous appointment. Other players like Suarez, Umtiti, etc. were told to look for other clubs and the state Barcelona is in, club needs major changes.
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Old 26th August 2020, 11:50   #1953
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Resigning seems to be far more reasonable option at this stage and he may still salvage some respect in the process, but there is a rumor that he has to balance a lot of books before stepping down and that's why he is reluctant to step down.

I must confess, none of this may be true, we never know, like I said this is off the internet.
These are not rumours, as I posted earlier, they had to ship out a young player to balance the books. There might be a lot more stink in the books which he wants to take care of before stepping down. The $700 million clause was just to discourage anyone triggering Messi's buyout clause like what happened with Neymar. I am sure Bartomeu want's to get something out from selling Messi, as many clubs might be willing to shell out decent amounts to get his sign.
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Breaking: Messi has opted to join Manchester City

Source Bleacher Report Twitter account post - https://twitter.com/BleacherReport/s...254879745?s=20

Deleted the previous post since it seems redundant now.
Reunion with pep on the cards?
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Does anyone here play Fantasy Premier League? Premier league starts in 2 days so we can create a group.
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Does anyone here play Fantasy Premier League? Premier league starts in 2 days so we can create a group.
I am a regular and I think we had a league for the forum here some seasons back.

I just created a new one. Please feel free to join. Code: lig2mw

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Have fun!

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Was Premier League drunk yesterday?

But, what a show by Villa! They have bought very well this season.
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Old 5th October 2020, 12:19   #1958
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Was Premier League drunk yesterday?

But, what a show by Villa! They have bought very well this season.
Seems like it. It's the DAMN high line man. I am fed up. F-E-D U-P
How many more teams must expose our super high line before Klopp realises it ain't working no more. It works decently when there are players to press hard, not against a understrength side playing against a team like villa with grealish.

It's been found out. The high line has been found out and now more teams will just play a long ball behind for an easy chance at goal. I am not sure if we even HAVE a plan B.
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EPL has thrown up crazy results in the first few matches. Liverpool just managed against Leeds, City looked weak against Leicester and survived Leeds test, though with 1 point only. Then Leicester showed their frailty. Liverpool was the only team which in spite of not being convincing remained on the winning side. Yesterday changed that as well, and how. Looked like Liverpool wanted to be on top no matter which side, so they eclipsed Man U. While still very early, this might be pretty open season.
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As a Man Utd fan, it pains to see the rot that is going on. What is going on at Everton (know it is a little too early to hype them up) is a good example of doing things right. Appoint a good manager and back him up with good players. Ancelotti was brought in and now is being backed with good players and he is making average players look good.

Of all the post Sir Alex managers, I think Jose was the best we had. But hierarchy failed to back him per his wishes. I will not go to style of football debate. What the club did was put Ole and the first major signing for him was getting a CB in the form of Maguire. I wonder why they did not back Jose with his wish for a CB.

Ole is at the wheel, but for how long. He is not improving players nor I get the feeling players are putting in a shift for him. Lastly, hope Cavani will not be another Falcao/Sanchez type.
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Party, party, Partey! Looks like a good signing, pissing of Simeone. Hhehehehe.

What a start to the league - Liverpool getting hammered - the very FIRST time that the champions in the PL have conceded 7 goals!
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Le Professeur's autobiography is out today.

Some candid insight in his BBC interview.

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So many nice EPL games.

Am so happy for Mourinho. I just love that guy. So sad that Spurs couldn't even maintain a 3-0 lead. Poor guys Jose.
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Just how good are Leeds?!

Relentless, and the quality and fitness to back it up.

Final seconds of added time, 3-0 up on the night, and they still have SEVEN players up for the last counter-attack. Wow!

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Just how good are Leeds?!

Relentless, and the quality and fitness to back it up.

Final seconds of added time, 3-0 up on the night, and they still have SEVEN players up for the last counter-attack. Wow!
And just what a man Marcelo Bielsa is !! It’s a pity that he couldn’t replicate his success with his native country but his quality of turning lesser known teams to great heights is unparalleled. Even a Ranieri couldn't achieve what he has achieved. True genius I say
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