Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi could be USA-bound next year as Major League Soccer side Inter Miami are growing increasingly confident of their chances of signing him, as The Athletic’s David Ornstein reports. The Argentine forward becomes a free agent at the end of this season and can join any club he wants next summer.
Inter Miami Fancying Their Chances of Signing Lionel Messi in 2023
🚨 Inter Miami increasingly confident of signing Lionel Messi. Not fully agreed but #InterMiamiCF now expect 35yo to join & hope it gets done in coming months. Talks resume after #WorldCup2022. #PSG still want renewal + #FCBarcelona will try @TheAthleticFC https://t.co/dQgNPaYg2e
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) October 31, 2022
Inter Miami Have Held Numerous Meetings With Messi Over Possible Move
Whilst reports suggest a dream return to Barcelona is on the cards for the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner next year, Ornstein claims that the MLS side are still in pole position to get him. They’re the most advanced club to be leading the race for his services, to the point that the David Beckham co-owned club are now expecting Messi to arrive next year and hoping he’ll sign a contract with them in the coming months.
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Ornstein adds that the Argentine’s father – who is also his representative – has held discussions with Inter Miami for the last few years and numerous meetings have taken place between him as well as the owners of the American side over a future move. That is why the MLS club are growing confident of their chances of landing Messi and set the achievement for the most significant signing ever made by an American club.
Lionel Messi is now undefeated in 32 consecutive games for both club and country. The longest undefeated streak of his career. 🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/mm1ZJgyqXB
— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) October 29, 2022
Messi to Make Decision on His Future After World Cup
For the time being, the 34-year-old forward is laser-focused on the Qatar World Cup. He’s already admitted to this edition being the final World Cup he will play, which is why he is so desperate to win the tournament and add the last missing feather to the cap of his iconic career.
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Ornstein also states that no conversation over Messi’s future is to take place before the end of the World Cup or possibly in early 2023. Only after participating in the major international competition will he make a decision on where he’ll play next year and could even put pen-to-paper to sign a pre-contract agreement for a foreign side in January. He has been in incredible form for PSG this season, having scored 12 goals and provided 13 assists in only 17 appearances.