Inter Milan Have Set Aside a Staggering €260m to Sign Lionel Messi From Barcelona

Lionel Messi
Inter Milan are understood to be willing to pay Barcelona an astronomical sum to sign Lionel Messi | Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Italian side, Inter Milan have reportedly set aside an astronomical sum to use it to lure Lionel Messi away from Barcelona with Mundo Deportivo reporting that the Nerazzurri are very keen to sign the record six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Messi has been heavily linked with a move to Italy off late after it emerged that his father who is also his agent, Jorge had bought a house in Milan and was ready to negotiate with the Italian club regarding a potential transfer once his contract with Barcelona expires.

While the 33-year-old's representatives have denied such claims, La Gazzetta dello Sport now report that the Italian giants have set aside an eye-watering €260m which when broken down would see the number 10 earn a staggering €50m-per-annum.

The deal would not only benefit Messi as he would earn more than his great rival, Cristiano Ronaldo but also the club as they would earn greater exposure and see their income increase as shirt sales would go off the roof.

Barcelona's management for their part have insisted that their icon is not going anywhere with club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu recently reiterating that he is confident that Messi will sign a new contract with them and end his career at the Nou Camp.