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Inter Miami devise shrewd plan to land Lionel Messi

After deciding against waiting for Barcelona, Lionel Messi has several options to choose from ahead of his Paris Saint-Germain departure.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is about to leave the Parc des Princes after winning back-to-back Ligue 1 titles.

It led many people to believe the World Cup winner would inevitably return to Camp Nou to hang up his boots at the venue he brought much joy to during his trophy-laden stint in La Liga.

Messi’s father-agent Jorge Messi even met the Blaugrana president Joan Laporta on Tuesday to discuss the 35-year-old’s comeback and suggested talks went well in the aftermath.

However, new players have joined the table and are already well ahead of other suitors.

Inter Miami are keen on taking Messi across the ocean this summer in what would be the latest high-profile deal completed in Major League Soccer.

Gareth Bale left Real Madrid to team up with Los Angeles last year, helping the club win the MLS Open Cup before retiring from professional football earlier this year.

Aware that Messi has a lucrative contract offer from Saudi Pro League outfit Al-Hilal awaiting him in the Middle East, David Beckham & co have devised a plan to outfox the competition.

Spanish journalist Gaston Edul says Inter’s idea of luring the Argentine forward to MLS includes several of his former Barcelona teammates – Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Luis Suarez.

While the former pair are leaving the Iberian Peninsula after failing to extend their contracts at Camp Nou, the latter is currently at Gremio.

Although Busquets is also courted by wealthy Saudi clubs, the prospect of reuniting with Messi for one final roll of the dice could be a huge incentive to turn down petrodollars.

Miami’s bid to reassemble a star-studded cast that won everything there was to win during their time together at Barcelona is a fascinating prospect for every true football lover.

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