Tusquets revealed had he been in charge, he would have sold the six-time Ballon d’Or winner with Manchester City reportedly offering up to 100 million Euros plus three players for Messi.
The interim boss said the Basque club should have cashed in on the player who has grown tired of playing for them. In an interview with RAC1, he said:
“Economically speaking, I would have sold Messi in the summer. “It would have been desirable for the money you would’ve received and the money you would’ve saved. La Liga requires wage limits.”
Carlos Tusquets (President of the Barça Management Committee): "From an economic point of view, I would have sold Messi in the summer. It would have been desirable for the money we would have received, and for what we would have saved." [rac1]
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Messi made strong attempts to dump Barcelona in the summer due to many issues he experienced with the club. Unfulfilled promises, as well as treating club legends with no respect were part of the reasons he wanted to leave under then-president, Josep Bartomeu.
Although there was a clause which allowed him to leave for free last summer, Barcelona held on tight claiming the deadline of June 30 had passed. His heavy release clause of about 700 million Euros also made it impossible for any club to make a move for him.
A legal battle would have ensued, but Messi chose not to take his childhood club to court and instead remained for the final part of his contract. He would, however, be able to leave for free at the end of the season if he is still interested in moving.
Former Barcelona club president, Joan Laporta has recently revealed that Inter Milan made a bid upwards of 250 million Euros for the Argentine in 2006 but had their approach rebuffed. The transfer would have shattered the transfer record at that time and in fact, presently.
Laporta is hoping to return to the club and is currently in the race to be the new president come 2021.