Barcelona was allegedly left angry with Paris Saint-Germain over its pursuit of Lionel Messi, a wantaway intruder.
Since entering the final six months of his Camp Nou contract, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is set to become a free agent in the summer and can launch negotiations with other clubs.
Both PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino and sports director Leonardo spoke about Messi’s possibility of trading in the French capital — remarks that reportedly left Barcelona seething.
The Catalan giants believe that PSG is trying to play mind games with Messi, according to Sport, which they feel has violated a code of honor between the two clubs.
The article also states that Barca thinks that PSG is seeking to gain a psychological edge ahead of their last-16 battle in the Champions League, with the first leg scheduled to take place on February 16.
However, even for PSG, Messi’s £ 500k-a-week salary may allegedly be too costly, whereas Manchester City is considered to be the only other club realistically willing to pull off a contract.