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Ex-Inter owner claims Serie A club are trying to sign Messi


– Massimo Moratti was the chairman of Italian club Inter Milan between 1995 and 2013

– The former club chairman has hinted that they are trying to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona

– Messi’s contract with the Catalan club expires in the summer of 2021

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Massimo Moratti has disclosed that his former club Inter Milan are during everything possible to land embattled Barcelona legend Lionel Messi to the Italian club.

The Sun are reporting that the Italian outfit are now the front runners to signing the Argentine as they have also used his silhouette while advertising a Serie A game in China.

Messi is reportedly planning to exit the Catalan club after 16-remarkable years, and this is coming in the wake of their embarrassing exit from the Champions League.

Barcelona ended the season without silverware and they were shamed out of the continent after they were hit 8-2 by Bayern Munich who went on to win the Champions League.

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Lionel Messi had a confidential chat with Barcelona new boss Ronald Koeman hours after the tactician was announced the manager, but details of the discussion were made public.

It was gathered that the Argentina playmaker is furious with the club for leaking details of the conversation to the media.

Massimo Moratti: Former Inter Milan owner claims Serie A club are trying to sign Messi

Massimo Moratti former Inter chairman claims Serie A outfit are trying to buy Messi. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Upon confirmation of his appointment, Koeman assured the club’s fans that he will try his best to make sure that Lionel Messi ends his career at the Nou Camp.

The manager met with the embattled Argentine star and hours later and reports surfaced that Messi told the new boss that he does not see his future at the Nou Camp.

Radio RAC1 reported that the 33-year-old’s meeting with the manager was not that fruitful as the Argentine is already considering leaving the Catalans.

And several clubs including Inter Milan, PSG and Manchester City have been linked with the 33-year-old, but Inter are said to be in front.

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The former Inter owner Moratti, who was chairman from 1995 to 2013, told AS: “It’s not a simple operation economically, that’s clear. But the biggest obstacle is Messi’s intentions.

“You have to understand if he really wants to leave Barca. I’m not clear on that.

“I imagine Inter have already tried [to sign him].

“I’ve seen the Suning advert with the Argentine’s silhouette on the Duomo and this makes me think an initiative has already been taken.

“If not, I think they will do so soon.”

Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi’s quest to leave Barcelona has become a herculean task as the Catalan club demands a whopping £631million should the Argentine hand-in a transfer request, The Sun reports.

Messi’s Barca contract expires next season and some board members are said to be open to selling their talisman.

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