Russian side ‘offered £205m for Lionel Messi

Highstreetmail :    An unnamed Russian club triggered Lionel Messi’s automatic release clause with a staggering €250m (£205m) bid for the Barcelona star, a report claims.

Spanish sports daily El Mundo Deportivo reports that the club agreed to pay more than double the world record transfer fee, and offered the Argentine a €30m (£24.6m) annual pay packet after tax.

Once that sum was offered Barcelona were contractually obliged to accept it – but from that point it was up to the player whether he was interested in leaving the club.

The bid came during Messi’s recent contract negotiations with Barcelona.

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