Following the suspected leak of information on Lionel Messi’s contract demands for 2020, Barcelona is considering legal action.
Due to Barcelona’s financial difficulties, Messi departed the club for Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer last summer, although there had been rumors about his departure
even a year earlier because he and the team reportedly couldn’t come to terms on a new contract for the Argentine.
El Mundo revealed on Wednesday the alleged terms Messi requested in his 2020 discussions, which included exclusive Camp Nou boxes for his and Luis Suarez’s families, the abolition of a release clause, and a €10 million renewal bonus.
Barcelona have now responded to said leaks and are far from pleased that they were published, so much so that they’re keen to take legal action.
“In relation to the information published in El Mundo under the title ‘Barca Leaks, the club’s secret files’, Barcelona express indignation at the intentional leaking of information that is part of a legal process,” the La Liga club said in a statement.
“The club regrets that the media in question boasts of having ‘access to a huge number of documents and emails that are part of the Barcagate investigation” when this information is yet to be shared.
“In any case, the article in question makes public documents that have nothing to do with the ongoing case and their use is an affront to the reputation and confidentiality of the club.
“For that reason, and with the aim of protecting Barcelona’s rights, the club’s legal department are studying the legal measures that need to be taken.”