Inter Milan legend and current vice-president, Javier Zanetti has opened up on why the Italian giants did not make a move to sign Argentina icon, Lionel Messi when it was announced that he would leave Barcelona last summer.
Barcelona shocked the footballing world when they announced that they would not be offering Messi a new contract, which led to a number of clubs being linked with his name. Inter too were being touted as a potential destination only for the superstar to eventually join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
Zanetti revealed why Inter did not make a move for his fellow countryman and unsurprisingly it boiled down to financial issues.
“Nobody thought that Leo could leave Barca. When the opportunity arose we were in the midst of a pandemic, and the truth is that you could not afford such a large and important investment because it was putting the future of the club at risk,” he said.
"As values and principles we understand that everything must be related and based on a strategy, and we have been implementing it on and off the field, ensuring that the objectives are met both on and off the field.”
Inter who had to sell Romelu Lukaku due to financial issues earlier in the summer have not let it affect them as they are on the way to defend their Serie A title, currently leading the league table with 43 points from 18 games as they now focus on the second half of the season.