The interim Barcelona president Carles Tusquets claims they should have sold the club captain this summer, as he seemed unhappy with the Catalonia side.
With that the doors now seems open for Manchester City to make another move for Messi in next month’s transfer window.
The SunSport understands that the 33-year-old position has not changed since August when he tried to force his way out of the Camp Nou.
None of the balaugrana prospective candidates going for presidency that is going to be held in the January election have done nothing to help smooth the path to him signing a new deal.
The interim president have put some of the blame blame on the forward as they are facing financial crisis in the club, this have forced them to agree to defer wages of the squad this season to save as much as £155million next month
The 33-year-old huge £54 million a-year-wages have put the club in a huge pressure on their account and Tusquets says the club should have sold him at the start of the season when they had the chance.
He said “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.
Tusquet also talked about the wage bill “The agreement we currently have allows us to finish the season without cash flow problems. This season is saved.”
With the 33-year-old contract due to expire next summer, the Catalonia side have to decide whether to sell him next month so as reduce the huge wage bill or let him leave next summer on a free.
The citizens have hardly hidden their admiration of Messi, who has been a long-standing target for the club.
And with Pep Guardiola committing himself to another two years in charge at the Etihad it is thought that would be a major boost to their chances of tempting him to the Premier League.