Of course they do. It still creates a,aituation of acceptance, and gives a footing to lowball the price. If he had included the usual caveat of 'if the clubs agree a price/he still has another year unless our valuation is met' then perhaps. As it is, Barcelona can hold out for us accepting a lower offer.I'd love to hear you explain how this works.
You think Barcelona are in the dark about him rejecting a contract? This isn't a surprise to anyone involved.