Despite having Lionel Messi sign a new contract in November, Barcelona director Pancho Schrodez has revealed the release clause written into the deal may not be enough to deter clubs away from the Argentine.
After Ligue 1 club Paris Saint Germain broke the world transfer record in August with their 222 million euro purchase of Neymar last summer, the market watched on in dismay and the move opened up a number of potential future ‘big’ moves.
In order to make sure that never happened again, Barcelona officials raced to offer Messi an improved new deal which incorporated a 700 million euro release clause.
However, corporate director Schroder believes the hefty price tag leaves him open and given the sheer amounts of wealth the big European clubs have now, the 30-year-old can still be swooped up by potential suitors.
“We set up a clause which we think is enough to have Messi retire at FC Barcelona,” he told Sky Sports.
“But, having said that, we thought a year ago that the clause for Neymar was also good enough to retain the player, and that proved last summer not to be the case.
“Looking at the future, I think, is difficult, but I don’t have a crystal ball and these days things are getting a little bit crazy.”
The Argentine forward has been in brilliant form this season, netting three free-kicks in last three games, which combine to his 32 goals in 41 games this season.
Messi is set to be in the side that travels to Malaga this coming Saturday as they look to extend their lead at the top of La Liga to 11 points, following last weekend’s win over Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou.