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How Lionel Messi Could Still Sign For A New Club In January

How Lionel Messi Could Still Sign For A New Club In January

Lionel Messi has committed his short-term future to Barcelona - but could still sign for a new club in January.

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The six-time Ballon d'Or winner handed in a transfer request last month and looked set to leave the club, before reversing his decision on Friday.

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While Messi's deal, which expires next summer, means he is free to negotiate with any club for a move from January 1.

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European football expert Andy Brassell told talkSPORT the Catalan giants could be in a race against time to keep Messi committed to the club.

"Barcelona don't have the will to compromise," he begun.

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"And Messi contractually is not on the firm ground that he thought he was in terms of being able to walk away for free.

"I think there's no a club out there, even with him being the player that he is, who's gonna whack out 700 million just on transfer fees.

"That's before we get to signing-on, agent's fees, those wages, etc, for a player that they could sign for free in January.

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"So it looks like Messi's gonna wait it out. What happens between January and March?

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"Because January 1 is the point from which he could sign for another club. A Premier League club or any other club for free from June onwards.

"And March is the date that Josep Bartomeu - the president of Barcelona who's caused so much of this mess - is going to leave the club.

"So there needs to be a presidential candidate that's gonna come forward and say, 'I can fix this club and I can make Messi stay.'

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"So much of what happens in the coming months is going to be revolving really around the presidential race.

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"Because of course, in that two month gap between January 1 and Barcelona getting a new president, he could've already joined someone else...

"The fact is Barcelona's his home. It's his one and only club.

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"I think there is room to persuade him, but it just depends who is a candidate he can believe in.

"Whether that's in the form of Joan Laporta or someone else. Someone he believes can bring Barcelona back to a good place."

Messi's likely destination should he choose to depart the Camp Nou is Premier League outfit Manchester City.

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Topics: Manchester City, Football News, Football, Barcelona, Transfers, Lionel Messi, Legends

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Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelance journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.