Inter Milan have reportedly set aside an astronomical fee to lure Lionel Messi away from FC Barcelona.
According to Italian daily La Gazzetta, Messi’s potential suitors have set aside an eye-watering $306mn (over 2,289 crore) which when broken down would see the number 10 left with a net amount of $60mn per annum.
Last week, rumours circulated that the player’s agent and father Jorge would negotiate Messi’s transfer to the Nerazzurri from the 2021-2022 season onwards when his contract expires. And although this was denied by the Argentine’s camp to Catalan newspapers such as Mundo Deportivo, stories continue to emerge on the topic.
Such buzz was originally triggered by the fact that in order to take advantage of lower tax rates than Spain offers, Jorge will apparently move to Milan’s Porta Nova neighborhood early next month.
That scoop broken by La Gazzetta dello Sport, that same outlet has on Thursday made a sensational claim as to what the Italian giants are readying for the Ballon d’Or winner.
If Messi decides to turn his back on the club that has reared him since adolescence, Inter would of course not have to part with a single penny in Barça’s direction to get their man in 2021.
By then aged 34, a four-year deal in Serie A would take Messi past his 38th birthday but earn him an astronomical amount in wages.