Barcelona and Inter Miami are apparently discussing a buy-and-loan swap featuring Lionel Messi.
Inter Miami CF and Barcelona formed a partnership to prevent Lionel Messi from joining Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal.
The winner of the 2022 FIFA World Cup has a huge offer from Saudi Arabia. But the Blaugrana and Inter Miami are working together to “circumvent” the Catalans’ well-documented financial troubles.
Messi would join the MLS squad this summer before returning to Camp Nou for a six- to 18-month loan. That move will allow him to play at the top level until the Copa America 2024. Also, it will effectively end his tenure in Europe with Barcelona.
The proposal was examined last year and then abandoned. But it has again emerged as a possible way to counter the Saudi Arabian offer.
Barcelona and Inter Miami join forces to sign Messi and spoil Al-Hilal’s plans
The arrangement might allow Miami to recruit Messi as a free agent this summer before loaning him to Barcelona for 18 months. Messi would then return to Miami to complete his MLS career. This move would allow Messi to play at the highest level until the Copa America in 2024.
Despite Barcelona being Messi’s favorite destination once his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires next month, the club’s financial predicament remains a huge impediment.
Lionel Messi is in link with a move to Saudi Arabia, where he might confront his long-time rival, Cristiano Ronaldo. Al-Hilal is likely to have increased their offer to €600 million per year, more than double Ronaldo’s present salary at Al-Nassr.
However, as L’Equipe points out, there is presently no agreement with any party. Messi is likely to make a choice after ending the season at PSG, where he just helped capture the club’s second consecutive Ligue 1 title. He plans to participate in Saturday’s match against Clermont foot.