Lionel Messi ‘expected to join Inter Miami on free’ when PSG contract ends
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Lionel Messi is expected to join Inter Miami on a free transfer when his Paris Saint-Germain contract ends in the summer of 2023.
According to The Athletic, Inter Miami expect the 35-year-old to join the club in the coming months despite no deal being agreed, with talks set to resume after the World Cup. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is currently out of contract in the French capital at the end of the current season and has yet to finalise new terms with PSG.
Former club Barcelona have also been linked with a move to bring him back to Spain, but it now appears he is set to head to the USA instead.
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The MLS franchise, who are co-owned by former England captain David Beckham, are understood to have reached an advanced stage in negotiations with Messi. As a result, they now expect him to arrive and sign for the club in the coming months.
Discussions between Messi and Inter Miami over a potential transfer have been ongoing for a number of years, with all parties now increasingly confident that now is the time for a deal to be completed.
Beckham's fellow co-owners, Jorge and Jose Mas are leading the negotiations with Messi's representatives and have held several meetings with his father, Jorge, in recent weeks.
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No deal has been finalised yet, though, and talks are said to have now been put on hold until after the World Cup, which gets underway in Qatar next month. From January, Messi will be able to pen a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club.
He would undoubtedly become the MLS' most high profile player if he were to complete a move to Miami, where his family already own a property.
The club, which was founded in 2018 and joined the MLS two years later, ended the regular season in sixth place in the Eastern Conference to qualify for the play-offs.
Former Manchester United and Everton star Phil Neville has managed the club since January last year, with Miami's squad including ex-Premier League defenders Kieran Gibbs and DeAndre Yedlin.
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