FIFA will reportedly side with Lionel Messi in the Barcelona star’s exit clause battle with the LaLiga club.
Following the 33-year-old’s transfer request to leave the Camp Nou, the club are fiercely demanding any prospective bidders meet his release clause.
With Messi’s buyout standing at an inconceivable £630million, Messi is said to have enacted a clause allowing him to leave for free.
The stipulation applied to the end of the 2019/20 campaign, which was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
And the Catalan giants have reportedly told Argentine striker it has expired – potentially setting in motion a huge legal battle.
With the June 10 deadline passed, Messi’s entourage believe a natural extension is enforceable due to the pandemic.
And El Pais report that FIFA will not stand in their way if they hit the eject button.
The Spanish newspaper claim to have been told by sources inside football’s governing body that it has no precedent to prevent Messi from leaving.
In the last 15 years, there have been no interventions from FIFA or the Court of Arbitration for Sport on cases that would apply to dealing with this latest saga.
As a result, the six-time-Ballon d’Or winner would only have to apply to FIFA’s Transfer Matching System to fill out the relevant documentation and complete a move.
However, the transfer may not be that simple with the Nou Camp club reportedly planning to take the matter to the courts.
A negotiated agreement is still possible but the exact fee may be taken out of both parties’ hands if the dispute enters the Barcelona legal system.
According to Catalan media, a compromised fee of £199m will be accepted by the LaLiga giants to allow their talisman a transfer.
Newspaper Sport also note that, were the Barca captain to make an unlikely move across Spain, FIFA’s influence would be diminished further as the country’s laws would take precedence over the Swiss organisation’s.