Barcelona have been offered a way out of La Liga if Catalonia declares independence from Spain – by playing in the Russian second division.
Lionel Messi and co’s future in the top flight of Spanish football is under threat following last weekend’s controversial vote on the future of the north-east region.
Barcelona had been linked with making a stunning move to the Premier League, but they have now been invited to ply their trade further away.
National League giants FC Yenisey Krasnoyarsk took to Twitter asking Barca if they cared to join them in Russia’s second tier.
Yenisey are based by the Yenisei River in Siberia’s third-largest city and clearly want more of a challenge as they look for promotion.
The post read: “We already know that Barcelona can change championships for the better, so we invite you to participate in the best football league in the world – FNL.”
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The tweet was soon accompanied by a picture of Messi speaking in front of a Russian advertising board.
But whether Barca fancy swapping sunshine for cold remains to be seen, with the question of Catalan independence needed to be answered first.
However, switching leagues is being taking into consideration, with president Josep Bartomeu saying: “In the case of independence, the club and the members would have to decide in which league we would play.
“We are going through difficult and complicated moments, and with respect to what could happen in the future we will take it on with calm and wisdom.”