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Odds Favor Both Messi & Griezmann Staying in Barcelona; Xavi Hernandez Given -350 Odds as Next Barca Manager

John Dillon

by John Dillon in Soccer News

Jul 6, 2020 · 11:21 AM PDT

Barcelona's Lionel Messi
Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, kicks for the ball to score his side's first goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Levante at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
  • Superstar Messi stalling on new contract at Nou Camp after fall-out with club President
  • Frenchman Griezmann has struggled since £107 million move from Atletico Madrid
  • See all odds and best bets for Messi and Griezmann futures and the next Barcelona coach

Barcelona’s fortunes picked up after two straight draws with a 4-1 victory against Villareal on Sunday but there is still unrest at the club centered on two of the team’s biggest stars, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.

Messi has made it clear he will not sign a new contract until the term in office of the current club president Josep Bartomeu, ends next year  – with the player’s current deal also expiring in 2021.

Meanwhile, Griezmann has endured a troubled season since his £107 million move from Atletico Madrid and his goal in the defeat of Villareal was his first since February.

Odds for Messi to Leave Barcelona Before July 1, 2021

Result Odds
Yes +125
No -175

All odds taken July 6

Real Madrid currently lead Spain’s La Liga by four points with four games remaining and it seems likely that Barca will fail to lift the title for the first time in three seasons.

There have been widespread reports of unrest in the Catalan club’s dressing room with several players including Argentine Messi said to be at odds with the coach, Quique Setien, and his assistant, Eder Sarabia.

There are several special betting markets available with Messi priced at +125 to leave Barca by July 1, 2021 but rated much more likely to remain at the club at -175.

Meanwhile, Barcelona remain favorites to be Messi’s club – he has been with them since boyhood – after the summer of 2021 at -175.

Manchester City are next in the market at +300 followed by any Argentine club at +450 and Juventus and Inter Milan at +500.

French World Cup winner Griezmann’s prospects of remaining at the Nou Camp are not viewed so well, with the price for him to stay with the team set at -140.

Paris Saint-Germain are rated at +175 to be his destination next season with Manchester United at +600.

With coach Setien under-fire and Barca having already sacked the unpopular Ernesto Valverde in January, there is also much speculation about who will be the head coach next season.

Former Barcelona playmaker Xavi Hernandez is currently coaching in Qatar and is the wide favorite for the job at -350 with Dutch former Barca hero Ronald Koeman – currently coaching the Netherlands national team at +800.

Pick: No -175

Odds for Messi’s Club After 2021 Summer Transfer Window

Team Odds
Barcelona -175
Manchester City +300
Any Argentine Club +450
Juventus +500
Inter Milan +500
Paris St.Germain +700
Any MLS Club +1400
Manchester United +2000
Liverpool +3300
Chelsea +3300
Napoli +5500
Bayern Munich +6600
Lazio +10,000
Real Madrid +10,000

Messi, 33, has played 737 matches for Barcelona. He has scored 624 goals.

These stunning statistics and the aim of landing Barca’s first Champions League title since 2015 are behind his desire to remain at the club until the end of his career. They are still in this season’s suspended UCL last 16.

But he has fallen out seriously with current club President Bartomeu over a number of issues including the club’s failure to re-sign his friend Neymar from PSG last summer.

One thing is certain, however; Messi rules the roost at the club.

So any candidates to replace Bartomeu as President next summer will have to ensure that they have a good relationship with Messi and that they can get him to sign a new deal. Otherwise, there will be an uproar among the club’s millions of  fans.

That makes it highly likely he will stay on his terms and with a friendly face at the head of the organization in the President’s role.

If he were to leave, the most likely destination would be Manchester City where his former boss at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola, is in charge. Even if Guardiola steps down in 2021, there is a Spanish hierarchy behind the scenes at City which would suit Messi.

Pick: Barcelona -175

Odds for Griezmann’s Club After Summer Transfer Window

Team Odds
Stay at Barcelona -140
Paris Saint-Germain +175
Manchester United +600
Inter Milan +700
Juventus +800
Manchester City +1000
Chelsea +1200
Arsenal +1400
Bayern Munich +1800
Real Madrid +2000
Atletico Madrid +2000
Liverpool +3300
Newcastle United +5000

It has been a tough first season for Antoine Griezmann at the club and he had gone eight games without a goal before he hit the target against Villarreal.

He has scored just eight league goals and his family have claimed that he is ready to leave the club.

He, too, has a sour relationship with coach Setien who astonishingly said publicly that the Frenchman’s presence disrupts the team.

Reports have linked Griezmann with a move to the Premier League with either Manchester City or Manchester United. But as a Frenchman, Paris Saint-Germain would seem a favorable destination, too – although the challenge of league football in France is not so exciting.

Griezmann is 29 and after the coronavirus crisis, Barcelona would not be able to get a fee anywhere near what they paid for him.

Pick: Stay At Barcelona -140

Odds for Next Barcelona Manager

Team Odds
Xavi Hernandez -350
Ronald Koeman +800
Marcelo Gallardo +1200
Javier Garcia Pimienta +1400
Roberto Martinez +1400
Mauricio Pochettino +1400
Luis Enrique +2000
Nuno Espirito Santo +2000
Erik Ten Hag +2000
Massimiliano Allegri +2000
Marcelino Garcia Toral +2000
Mikel Arteta +3300
Pep Guardiola +3300
Thierry Henry +4000
Laurent Blanc +5000
Antonio Conte +5000
Joachim Low +5000

Xavi Hernandez is one of the all-time greats of Barcelona after winning the Champions League four times with the club.

He has made no secret of the fact that he wishes to return one day as manager. The suggestion in the city is that he is already nailed on to take the post once Setien departs.

With Barca probably requiring a re-group if Real Madrid wins the title, the time will be perfect for him to take the Barca job this summer.

He is currently in charge of the Al Hadd club in Qatar and led them to the semifinals of the Asian Champions League last year.

Koeman said he received a call from Barcelona when Valverde was fired but has said he wants to lead the Dutch team at the delayed European Championships next summer.

Pick: Xavi Hernandez -350

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