Real Madrid's Florentino Perez, Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli in Barcelona for Super League meeting 21 minutes ago / autty

Real Madrid's Florentino Perez, Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli in Barcelona for Super League meeting 21 minutes ago   /  autty

The three remaining members of the failed European Super League are in Barcelona for a meeting, according to reports in Spain.

Spanish television captured images showing Juventus president Andrea Agnelli and his Real Madrid counterpart Florentino Perez arriving in the city ahead of a planned meeting with Barcelona chief Joan Laporta.

Their arrival comes as Paris Saint Germain edge closer to signing Lionel Messi who will give a press conference in Barcelona on Sunday.
Barcelona still need to take drastic measures to avoid bankruptcy despite having taken Messi off the wage bill and Laporta appears to believe his alliance with Agnelli and Perez is the best way forward.

After recording losses of 487million euros (£412m) last season Barcelona’s wage bill without Messi still takes up 95 per cent of projected income and they must slash salaries and sell players to survive.

Antoine Griezmann, who was verbally abused by some Barcelona supporters when he arrived for training on Friday, is still available. They shouted 'you’re the reason he’s leaving' as he drove into the club’s training ground.

Sergio Aguero’s future is also in doubt with the possibility that he leaves before he plays for the club.

And the club’s highly-rated 18-year-old midfielder Ilaix Moriba is available for well below his 100m euros clause.

Club president Joan Laporta spoke on Friday of looking for new avenues of investment but the absence of Messi takes an estimated 30 per cent off the club’s value to existing and potential sponsors.

The club still has to service a debt of 1.17bn euros and although supporters are being allowed back into stadiums for the new season capacity limits have been set at 40 per cent for the first month.

Barcelona were thrown a lifeline this week when La Liga announced a deal with US investment fund CVC worth 2.7bn euros.

The money would be distributed between the clubs in Spain’s top two divisions with Barcelona receiving around 280million euros (£237m) –42m of which they would have to spend on debt restructuring, 199m on the redevelopment of the Camp Nou, and 42m on players.

But Barcelona have rejected the deal because it means giving up 10 per cent of the money made on television rights, to the investors, for the next 50 years.

The Messi saga has been played out on the backdrop of a war between La Liga’s big-two teams and Spanish League president Javier Tebas.

Madrid and Barcelona are still furious at the way Tebas stood against them over their proposed European Super League. Today's planned meeting between presidents of Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona is another show of defiance against Tebas.
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