Bartomeu has already brought the club’s presidential elections forward to March, meaning a new head could be in charge by the time his contract is up next summer.
And former Barca striker Luis Suarez – who is still good friends with Messi – recently claimed a new president could tempt Messi into staying.
He said: “There may be the possibility that Messi plays for another club, but if he feels comfortable, happy again and another board arrives, he will want to continue at the club.
“As a friend, I’ll be happy if he does well there and if he has to go to another club, I’ll be happy too.”
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