With Barcelona’s humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich, reports of Lionel Messi being ready to move on for a new experience at Inter are flaring up again.
Last night’s Champions League quarter-final exit was ‘rock bottom,’ as Gerard Pique put it, and will prompt radical changes both on and off the field.
An emergency meeting has been called for Monday, in which it’s expected coach Quique Setien will be fired, along with director Eric Abidal, reports Football Espana.
This is the first time in 12 years that Barca have ended the season without a single piece of silverware and the Bayern battering felt like the end of an era.
The rumours of Messi looking elsewhere had already been circulating for some time, especially after his father purchased a luxury apartment in the centre of Milan and switched that to his main residence.
With Barcelona at a turning point, there were already reports last night in Spain and Argentina that Messi would not extend his contract, which expires in June 2021.
If he were to leave Camp Nou, there are only two realistic alternatives: Manchester City and Inter.
The Nerazzurri have the financial clout to achieve it, with backing from Chinese giants Suning, and it’d allow Messi to revive his long-distance duel with ex-Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, now at Juventus.
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