Inter Miami are reportedly confident of signing Lionel Messi and hope the PSG star will agree a deal with David Beckham’s MLS franchise in the ‘coming months’.
Messi is under contract at PSG until next summer but speculation has continued to rage over his future should he not sign a new deal with the French giants.
The 35-year-old Argentine forward has been linked with a fairytale return to Barcelona, who he left to join PSG last August.
But according to The Athletic, secret talks have been ongoing for several months between his representatives and those of Inter Miami, who appear to be leading the chase for his highly-coveted signature.
Such is the advanced nature of the discussions that Inter Miami are now expecting Messi, one of the greatest players of all time, to sign for the club in the near future, The Athletic reports.
Jorge and Jose Mas – the brothers who co-own Inter Miami alongside Beckham – have reportedly held numerous meetings with Messi’s father Jorge over a potential move.
A deal for Messi would be a huge coup for a club that was only founded four-and-a-half years ago and would arguably be a bigger signing for the MLS than when Beckham himself made the move stateside in 2007.
PSG are thought to be keen to extend his contract at the Parc des Princes beyond the summer of 2023, and it is not yet known whether Messi will do so.
The Argentine, who is preparing to play in his last World Cup, can sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign team early next year.