Last Updated on 11/28/2022 by てんしょく飯
Lionel Messi, the Argentinian international who plays for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), appears to be close to signing a preliminary contract with Inter Miami of the Major League Soccer (MLS).
On November 27, the British newspaper “The Times” reported the news.
According to the report, discussions are underway for Messi to join the club starting in the summer of 2023, when his contract with PSG expires. Inter Miami is confident of signing a pre-contract after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, and if he joins, it would likely be the most expensive contract in MLS history.
Messi has a vacation home in Miami and has previously expressed his desire to play in the United States in the future. In addition, former England midfielder David Beckham, co-owner of Inter Miami, has a strong relationship with Messi through adidas, and his presence is likely to influence the negotiations.
Inter Miami, which has been participating in the MLS since the 2020 season, has been struggling with a vacancy problem at its 18,000-seat DRV PNK Stadium, and the addition of a world-class star would certainly help the club increase its visibility and popularity. In addition, the United States plans to co-host the World Cup with Canada and Mexico in 2026, and the MLS commissioner also admitted that he wanted to invite Messi and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (unattached) in order to improve the status of soccer in the country.
Inter Miami is also interested in acquiring Uruguayan Luis Suarez (Nacional/Uruguay) and former Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas (Como/Italy), who were Messi’s colleagues at Barcelona.