Barcelona directors are refusing to meet with wantaway captain Leo Messi.
The Daily Mail says Messi has asked his representatives to set up a meeting with the Barcelona board so as to ‘avoid a war’ over his future – but the Catalan club showed no signs of accepting the olive branch on Friday night.
It would have been the first time the two sides had come together since Messi’s bombshell burofax was sent to the club on Tuesday telling them that he wanted to leave on a free transfer.
But Barcelona’s initial reaction to the latest offer was to reaffirm their insistence that the Manchester City target is not for sale.
If Messi’s people are denied a meeting there is the possibility of the superstar not turning up to the training ground for the first day of pre-season on Sunday as he tries to force a move to the Etihad.