ROME, Aug 1: Speculation has been rife about Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi’s imminent departure from the club and Serie A side Inter Milan have emerged as the frontrunners to land the signature of the Argentina captain.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter’s owners are willing to table an outrageous four-year contract offer that would see Messi earn 50 million euros a year. Messi’s current contract runs through to June 2021 at the end of which he can leave the club for free.
If Inter’s reported plans go through, Messi will end up earning more than his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo, whose current contract at Serie A champions Juventus sees him earning 31 million euros per year.
Barcelona last month lost out on the La Liga title for the first time since the 2016/17 season and Messi cut a visibly frustrated figure who said that the Catalan giants are currently a “weak” team. – IANS