Messi tries forcing Barcelona president’s resignation after Bayern disgrace

Lionel Messi, the Barcelona captain, according to SportsMail reports is hoping to force the club’s president, Josep Bartomeu, out by threatening to leave.

Already there is a plan by Bartomeu to sack Quique Setien as manager this Monday.

In fact, Messi has reportedly told the board he wants to leave this summer.

In the meantime Barcelona have denied the report but there is a feeling that the 33-year-old is trying to force Bartomeu to stand down on Monday and allow elections to take place immediately.

The current deal with Messi has one year left and it also have a 700m euros release clause.

If Bartomeu remains in charge, his first job will be to replace Setien.

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Mauricio Pochettino, the Former Tottenham coach, is his preferred choice, but the 48-year-old Argentinian does not have the board’s unanimous support.

Former Everton and Southampton coach Ronald Koeman, who won the European Cup with Barcelona as a player, has emerged as the preferred alternative.

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