When his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires in 2023, Lionel Messi is expected to buy 35 per cent of Inter Miami’s stock and join the MLS club.
Last summer, the Argentina international left Barcelona when the Blaugrana failed to renew his contract due to the club’s well-documented financial difficulties.
Messi signed a two-year contract with PSG, and his next destination is believed to be MLS, according to DirecTV journalist Alex Candal, who claims Messi will sign with Inter Miami in 2023.
Candal, 34, is working on acquiring 35 per cent of the MLS club’s stock, according to Candal.
“Leo Messi is still one of the best players in the world, his skills have not diminished,” Inter Miami co-owner and executive director Jorge Mas told the Miami Herald back in February.
“I believe, and David [Beckham] has a relationship with him, that if he leaves PSG, at the time he leaves PSG we would love to have Messi as a player at Inter Miami and be part of our community.
“Can it happen? We will push. I’m an optimist at heart – can I see it happening? It’s a possibility.”
Messi previously confirmed in an interview with La Sexta’s Jordi Evole that he would be willing to move to the US in the future.
“I always had the dream of being able to enjoy and have the experience of living in the United States, experience what the league there is like, but not yet,” Messi said in 2020.
The last year or so has also seen a number of Messi’s former teammates linked with Inter Miami, including Luis Suarez, who is set to become a free agent this summer, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba.
Currently, the biggest signings Inter Miami have made have been Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi, but both of their contracts are set to expire on December 31, 2022.