LIONEL MESSI’S dad has sparked mouth-watering rumours of his son’s transfer to Inter Milan after splashing on a pad in the Italian capital.
Jorge Messi, who is also the Barca ace’s agent, 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 departure from the Nou Camp when his deal expires in 2021.
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
Juventus and Manchester City have also been linked with a sensational move for the LaLiga icon.
Messi and his father, Jorge, had begun talks over renewing the playmaker’s current deal, which was signed back in 2017.
But they reportedly no longer wished to advance negotiations and ESPN report that the reasons behind the decision are down to a several off-field bust-ups.
Messi was said to be angry with Barca’s board about leaked media reports that appeared to make him seem responsible for events at the club.
This included the six-time Ballon d’Or winner being accused of playing a role in the January sacking of coach Ernesto Valverde.
The Nou camp maestro is also allegedly frustrated about the quality of Barcelona’s squad.
But Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu is relaxed about the situation and believes their star man will end his career with the Catalan giants.
Messi’s frustration at the club looked a million miles away as the six-time Ballon d’Or winner topped up his tan on a getaway with Luiz Suarez and his stunning wife Antonela Roccuzzo.