Monday July 6 2020
Pirelli: 'If Inter wanted Messi...'

Shirt sponsor Pirelli says while it can ‘help’ Inter sign Lionel Messi, the buck lies with President Steven Zhang. ‘We can’t do anything significant.’

Messi is said to be seriously considering his future at Barcelona as he enters the final year of his contract, and Inter have always been linked with the No 10 whenever there has been talk of him leaving Camp Nou.

When asked if Pirelli could help the Nerazzurri like Fiat did in contributing to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus transfer, CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera admitted the COVID-19 crisis made such support difficult.

“Honestly, at a time like this, we’re unable to invest in sports more than we are, between Formula 1, the America’s Cup and Inter,” Tronchetti Provera told Gr Parlamento.

“We have to ask Steven Zhang to make an effort himself. We can help, but we can’t do anything significant.”

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