The MLS club are still in the race to sign the Argentina international this summer
While FC Barcelona await the definitive green light from LaLiga for their viability plan, a necessary condition before making any move in the transfer market, Leo Messi has been studying his options for the future in order to make a decision as soon as possible. As we have explained in SPORT in recent days, the Argentine star does not want to take part in a soap opera that will drag on throughout the summer. The resolution of the case is imminent.
Inter Miami are, along with Al-Hilal and PSG, one of the teams that have already presented a proposal to the World Cup winner. According to sources, the offer is for four seasons at a rate of €50 million per year. The American club has long been interested in Messi and there he could be reunited with Sergio Busquets, who is also the object of desire of the Florida club's directors. Moreover, Leo has a home there, which would make it easier for him to adapt.
Although financially it is not the best proposal he has received -- Saudi club Al-Hilal are willing to make him the highest-paid player in history -- the possibility of promoting the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico with his image is an interesting attraction. In addition, Messi has a home in Miami. It is the sporting aspect that generates the most doubts for the player, who sees himself capable of continuing to perform at the highest level and has his sights set on reaching the Copa America in 2024 in the best competitive conditions.
Inter Miami's offer to Messi opens the door to the option that 'L'Équipe' has uncovered this week. Although sources close to the American club and Barça assure that negotiations have not yet taken place to discuss a three-way operation that would allow Leo to return to FC Barcelona on loan for a period of six to 18 months, this possibility would gain momentum if the Argentine signed for four years with the team presided over by David Beckham.
This route would allow Barcelona's sporting management to gain time and facilitate Messi's registration, but it would also require the approval of LaLiga. If Barcelona wanted to obtain the services of the best footballer in its history in this way, they would have to convince the entity presided over by Javier Tebas. The operation, however, is still at an embryonic stage. For the moment, very few people know the details and ins and outs of it.