10th April, 2020
News making the rounds have that Barca Captain Lionel Messi, has reportedly been offered a sensational move away from Barcelona by Newell’s Old Boys with Inter Milan also in the race to woo the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Of late, tension between the Argentine star and his current club has continued to rise, with the most recent one coming as a result of a dispute over a coronavirus pandemic pay cut.
In the case that an exit becomes a genuine possibility, one can be very sure that several clubs will flock to the 32-year-old with his contract expiring in 2021.
As it stands at the moment, TNT Sports report on Messi’s hometown team Newell’s Old Boys making an offer to the player, alongside interest from Inter that was recently intimated by former president Massimo Moratti.
Argentine journalist Martin Castilla declared: “Leo has an offer from Newell’s Old Boys to return home, but Inter are pushing and what Moratti said is true.
“They are ready for negotiations, then the decision will be Messi’s.
“But Inter are certainly working on it.”
Moratti, who first took over leading the Serie A club in 1995, had gone on the record talking up Inter’s prospects of landing Messi in the unpredictable post-pandemic world. The following is what he has been reported as saying;
I don’t think it’s a forbidden dream at all. Maybe it wasn’t even before this misfortune.”
The 74-year-old told Radio Rai: “I don’t think it’s a forbidden dream at all.
“Maybe it wasn’t even before this misfortune. Messi is at the end of his contract and it would certainly be attempted to bring him home.
“I don’t know if this situation will change anything, but I think we will see strange things at the end of the year.”
Moratti later admitted he was speaking as a fan rather than with any inside information, having also stated on TeleLombardia: “Knowing [Inter owner] Steven Zhang’s courage, he will certainly have thought about it.
“After all, Messi’s contract is due to expire in 2021. It’d be wonderful, giving back some vitality to Serie A as a whole and more hope to Inter.”
Naturally, only a handful of clubs could dream of signing Messi if he does leave Spain.