Lionel Messi on Monday allowed a deadline to pass in his contract that would have allowed him to terminate the deal unilaterally and leave Barcelona on a free, Marca today report.

Inter president Steven Zhang has held talks with Lionel Messi’s representatives over a potential move as well as Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu according to a report in today’s print edition of Italian daily newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.

In order for Messi to join Inter, he will have to terminate his relationship with Barcelona and although there are certain concerns over his future with the club, he has not yet requested to leave Catalonia yet.

If something changes in this regard though, Inter’s owners Suning will be right there and ready to pay him €260 million gross in wages over a four year period, which works out at €65 million gross a year and €50 million net a year.

The arrival of a new main shirt sponsor will help Inter’s coffers and boost profits whilst Inter could also be helped by the easing of Financial Fair Play restrictions.

The report goes on to explain that as things stand, it is all in Messi’s hands but signing Messi would undoubtedly help Suning to grow their brand in Europe exponentially.

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