Former Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti is confident the Serie A giants have every right to dream about signing the Barcelona stalwart Lionel Messi
Not long ago, Messi has seemed to be heading towards a single-club professional career with Barcelona, but something has changed during the past few months.
The Argentinean wizard entered a public discussion with the club chief football officer Eric Abidal following Ernesto Valverde’s farewell.
Also, he has been persistently urging the Blaugrana to bring Neymar back from Paris Saint-Germain, but the reigning La Liga champions are yet to fulfill that dream.
There’s a veil of mystery surrounding Messi’s future at the Camp Nou, and with his contract expiring in 2021, anything can happen at the end of the season.
Now, Massimo Moratti has encouraged Inter not to abandon their dream of luring one of the greatest players of all time to the Giuseppe Meazza, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that will undoubtedly change the landscape of the upcoming transfer window.
“I’m not sure if this situation will change the objective positively or negatively, but it has disrupted everything,” Moratti said, as reported by the Daily Mail.
🗣️ — Former Inter President Massimo Moratti: “I don’t think it’s a forbidden dream at all. Maybe it wasn’t even before this misfortune. Messi is at the end of his contract and it would certainly be attempted to bring him home." pic.twitter.com/y2pXmjMqfh— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) April 6, 2020
“We can’t be overly opportunistic because exploiting this situation can rock football, but I think there is a possibility that we see rather strange things at the end of the season.”
The upcoming transfer campaign will be an awkward one, certainly quite different from the ones we have accustomed to after the coronavirus crisis struck a devastating blow to the football economy.
How the summer transfer window will look is open to interpretation, but one of the presumptions is that the swap deals are likely to replace the traditional cash compensations.
While the majority of Europe’s top-five leagues already doing everything in their power to mitigate the financial damage caused by the pandemic, the players’ valuations are also likely to drop.
The Nerazzurri have been sporadically linked with a move for Messi, although no concrete steps towards the materialization of the transfer have even been taken.
Meanwhile, the Catalan giants are eager to pair the 32-year-old up with his fellow Argentina international colleague, Lautaro Martinez, who has been flourishing with Inter this season.
The 22-year-old forward has emerged as Barca’s No. 1 target for the next transfer window, as they remain keen on finding a permanent replacement for the aging Luis Suarez.