LaLiga president Javier Tebas has disclosed that they were set to register ex Barcelona legend Lionel Messi.
La Vanguardia insisted that the failure to re-sign Messi was in-part due to the refusal of the club to accept LaLiga’s agreement with CVC Capital, which Tebas initially presented to Barcelona president Joan Laporta over dinner on July 14.
The agreement secured 2.7 billion euros of investment into LaLiga, of which 15 percent could have been used towards signings and salaries. That would have allowed Barcelona to have 40 million euros more, meaning that they could have had Tebas’ backing in signing and registering Messi.
As Laporta explained on Friday, though, he didn’t want to mortgage the future of the club to ensure one player’s continuity.
In their dispute since Thursday, Tebas revealed that he had dinner with Laporta in mid-July and explained the CVC agreement to him then, claiming that he had “an abundance of enthusiasm” about it then.