Inter Milan plot ‘2021 transfer assault’ to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona as star’s rift with club grows deeper

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INTER MILAN are planning a sensational swoop for Lionel Messi next summer, according to reports.

The Argentine is in the midst of a frosty rift with Barcelona chiefs and the Serie A side look set to try and take advantage of the feud with a “2021 assault”.

Messi’s deal runs out next summer and the Italians hope to lure him away from the Nou Camp with a mega money deal, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 33-year-old superstar has bagged 30 goals in all competitions this season.

And Inter’s majority shareholders Suning Group Holdings reportedly believe they can stump up the dough to prise Messi away from the Nou Camp and to the San Siro next season.

Portuguese outlet A Bola report Inter will offer a three-year deal worth £45.5million-a-year.

It also emerged yesterday Messi’s dad and agent Jorge has splashed out some cash on a plush new pad in the Italian capital Milan.

He is said to be pulling the strings of his son’s potential switch to the Nerazzuri next season.

According to Italian outfit Radio Rai, Jorge purchased a home in Milan’s Porta Nova neighbourhood to prepare for his son’s Barca departure.

It comes after Messi slammed Barcelona as “weak” and “erratic” following their 2-1 home defeat to Osasuna – a result that crowned Madrid champs.

He said: “We didn’t want to end the season like this but it represents how the season has gone.

“We were a very erratic, very weak, low-intensity team. We lost a lot of points and today’s game is a summary of the season.

“We have to be self-critical. Starting with the players but doing a global self-criticism.

“We are Barca and we have to win everything.

“We can’t look at Madrid. Madrid have done their job, but we have helped them a lot.”

Messi has been linked with a transfer to Inter in the past and tyre company Pirelli will reportedly back club president Steven Zhang in an audacious move for the 33-year-old.

But their chief executive admitted the contribution can only be small following the financial fall out of the coronavirus pandemic.

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