Confidence is growing from those over at MLS side Inter Miami that signing Argentinian icon Lionel Messi is a realistic possibility in the coming months, according to reports
Major League Soccer outfit Inter Miami are reportedly on the cusp of agreeing a deal with football icon and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi.
Those at the top of the Inter Miami hierarchy are said to be confident that Messi will put pen to paper on the deal after Argentina’s World Cup campaign in Qatar is complete. The 35-year-old would not make the move to the Miami franchise, which is co-owned by David Beckham, until the end of the European season.
If all goes to plan, the deal would see Messi become the highest-paid player in MLS history, as per The Times. The same report claims Inter Miami are keen on building the side around the Argentine and as a result want to recruit two of his former Barcelona team-mates in Cesc Fabregas and Luis Suarez.
The former of the aforementioned duo is plying his trade with Serie B outfit Como, while the latter rejoined Nacional in his home country of Uruguay earlier this year.
Inter Miami’s desire to sign Messi has been well-documented, with Beckham’s fellow co-owner of the club Jorge Mas revealing to the Miami Herald the MLS side were hopeful of securing the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner’s signature in June of last year.
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From Messi’s perspective, moving across the pond is certainly tempting, especially factoring in the location. The Argentina captain already owns a home in the area and regularly spends time off with his family in Miami.
Speaking to the Spanish press last year, the forward confessed: “I would like to play in the United States one day; it’s always been one of my dreams.”
Messi’s contract with Ligue 1 giants PSG expires at the end of this season, meaning the Argentine is free to venture wherever he likes come the summer. His rumoured wage at the Parc des Princes is thought to be an astonishing £1.2million per week.
It remains unclear whether PSG would try and thwart Inter Miami’s efforts by attempting to get Messi to extend his stay in the French capital with a lucrative offer of their own.
If Messi were to join Inter Miami, it would be a transfer welcomed by the MLS for a number of reasons. Obviously, playing host to such a huge name would be an achievement in itself, but it could put eyes on football in the United States at just the right time.
The next World Cup is set to take place in the US, Mexico and Canada, and having Messi in the league during the build-up to the tournament would be welcome advertisement.
Speaking to Sport Central last year, Miami co-owner Mas explained: “We want to be the point of reference for soccer in the United States, but when you talk about the best players in the world, Leo is obviously the best player on the planet.
“Hopefully the conditions will be met for him to be there, playing with the Inter Miami jersey. We aspire to that. I hope the circumstances are given.”