Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu 'Seriously Considering' Resignation

James Cormack
Josep Maria Bartomeu has come under heavy scrutiny in recent weeks
Josep Maria Bartomeu has come under heavy scrutiny in recent weeks / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is 'seriously considering' leaving his post following an emergency meeting.

The meeting was called in the wake of Lionel Messi's fax sent to the club in which he expressed his desire to leave the club and announced his intentions to have his contract terminated.

The Argentine's relationship has continued to deteriorate over the past year, with his discontent towards Bartomeu and the Barcelona board becoming clear in recent weeks.

Messi's displeasure culminated in Tuesday's antics, with president Bartomeu calling an emergency meeting with the club's hierarchy in the wake of the Argentine's supposed desires.

Some speculated that Messi was merely trying to force the president into resigning, and it appears that this 'ploy' may have been successful. Barcelona-based reporter Achraf Ben Ayad notes that Bartomeu is in fact 'seriously considering' resigning but a decision is yet to be made.

Messi has forced the club's hand
Messi has forced the club's hand / Pool/Getty Images

The co-ordinated messages of support alongside immediate - and predicted - fan protests heaped the pressure on Bartomeu, and added further weight to theories that Messi's plea to leave the club was merely a power-play.

That hasn't stopped basically every club in Europe being link with the legendary forward however. Man Utd, Man City, Inter Miami and Inter are just some of the clubs that have been linked with Messi in the hours since the news broke.

A report from Cuatro is what has linked United with a bid for Messi, with Spanish outlet claiming officials from United have put the 'machinery in motion’ to bring the 33-year-old to Old Trafford.