Carles Tusquets, president of the management board of Barcelona, did not dodge the question. He admitted that he would have sold Leo Messi in the summer transfer window when he presented the club with the burofax wanting to leave. He argued that reducing the bloated salary bill would have been good for the club.
Tusquets spoke on RAC1. "Economically speaking, I would have sold Leo Messi in the summer transfer market. As much for what you save in terms of salary as for what fee you would get. But this needs to be agreed with the technical team. La Liga has put a salary limit on us and this would have helped with that."
Tusquets also was clear about Neymar. "If he comes for free then you can consider his signing. There's no money for transfers unless whoever the next president is has a miracle in his pocket."