- Lionel Messi could be playing at the San Siro next season
- Inter Milan could take advantage of the player’s standoff with Barcelona to lure him
- Messi’s contract with the Catalan club will expire next summer
There are reports that the continued contract standoff between Barcelona and Lionel Messi could see the Argentine leave the club for Inter Milan next summer, SunSport reports.
Former Inter president Massimo Moratti has hinted that coach Antonio Conte could make a possible move for the star who they made several attempts to sign in recent years.
The 32-year-old is reportedly not happy with the Barcelona management after his wages were cut by 70% in their bid to support non-playing staff amid the coronavirus lockdown.
Messi, before the suspension of the Serie A and other European competitions, had clashed with the club director Eric Abidal after former manager Ernesto Valverde was fired earlier in the season.
With one more year to go before Messi’s contract expires at the Camp Nou, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner could be calling it quits with the Catalan club.
In 2006, Inter triggered Messi’s £132million release clause at the age of 18, but the Argentine rejected the offer to remain at Barcelona where he has won 10 La Liga titles as well as four Champions League title.
He has gone on to score 627 goals in 718 for Barcelona in all competitions.
However, Moratti who was president at the time of the audacious bid believes Inter can now finally land their man this summer.
Moratti told Radio Rai: “I don’t believe Messi is a forbidden dream at all.
"Messi’s Inter Milan transfer possible due to contract standoff and coronavirus
“I don’t know if the current situation changes anything for better or for worse.
“But I think we will see some strange things at the end of the year.
“Martinez is a good boy who cares about his career.
“But we will see if he’s part of a deal to bring in more important players like Messi.”
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Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi's contract terms is giving Barcelona serious headache as reports claims the Argentine could leave Camp Nou next summer.
The 32-year-old who has spent his whole career with the Catalan giants but signed a new deal in 2017 which is expected to keep him till the summer of 2021.
Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu is understood to be offering their talisman a new deal in the coming months, knowing fully well that his most prized possession has just two season more to play.
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