It sounds incredibly preposterous on the surface, Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona for Inter, but the more the transfer is speculated about, the more likely it feels it could happen.
The Argentine has been at Camp Nou since he was a child coming up through the club’s youth ranks to become (arguably) the best player in the world.
Yet, Messi has issues with Barcelona’s hierarchy which was magnified with the player dragging his feet over a 70% wage reduction while La Liga is suspended. Football supporters are anticipating the returns of La Liga and Serie A and can claim a bonus code before wagering on the matches when they resume.
An Ageing Squad
Since Neymar’s departure from Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona have shown they are an ageing squad that needs to be refreshed. The golden generation of Xavi and Andres Iniesta is over and Messi is the only players still around from those teams that were considered unbeatable. Inter supporters are debating whether the club can still win the Scudetto once the Serie A season resumes. Fans can get the Genting Bet promo code before Inter return to the pitch and wager on the Nerazzurri’s matches.
Barcelona’s work in the transfer market has been abysmal in recent seasons with big fees going to clubs for players unable to perform consistently next to Messi. Philippe Coutinho, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele are just three of the recent big-money transfers that haven’t worked out.
Messi will turn 33 in June and selling him for a major fee claimed to be £173 million is a win-win for Barcelona. The club could also land highly rated Inter striker Lautaro Martinez. The Argentine striker is considered the next Sergio Aguero. Adding a striker and £173m would be the perfect way to send off an ageing player whose powers continue to decline.
Barcelona Need Money
It is no secret that Barcelona need money. The club have spent heavily on transfer busts over the last few years enabling other teams to grow stronger. The Blaugrana have not been wise with scouting putting players that just don’t fit alongside Messi and Luis Suarez, who is also ageing and injury-prone.
Barcelona’s signing of Martin Braithwaite in the second half of the season shows just how cash-strapped they are. However, it isn’t just the big-money transfer busts Barcelona have made to zap their finances. Messi’s salary is an albatross around the club’s neck.
Messi earns a reported £500,000-per-week at Barcelona. His £2m a month is a staggering figure and currently said to be the stumbling block in Inter’s attempts to sign him. Sending £173m to Barcelona and Martinez for Messi is possible, but the deal would damage Inter for seasons to come.
A deal could be realistic, perhaps more so on the Barcelona end than Inter’s side. For anyone that says Inter signing Messi isn’t realistic, it was once believed that Cristiano Ronaldo wouldn’t leave Real Madrid for Juventus. The ramifications of the transfer could be felt for years with Inter taking on a massive amount of financial obligation to sign the Argentine.