Sports report on our news desk revealed that Barcelona have confirmed they nearly sold Lionel Messi to Inter Milan in 2006 after the Italian club agreed to meet his £130m release clause.
MYNATION SPORTS NEWS – The Serie A giants agreed to activate the Argentine’s £130million release clause but the Catalan giants managed to cling on to their talisman by increasing it by an extra £80m.
This story came out when The Guardian asked former Barca president Joan Laporta, if they had ever come close to parting ways with Messi.
“It was 2006 when Inter made an offer. They were prepared to pay the €150m buy-out clause, which is why we [later] raised it to €250m, but I always felt reassured by my relationship with his dad, Jorge.
“I told him: ‘They’ll have to pay the clause because I won’t sell. He’ll be happy here, he’ll get glory. There, he’ll only win financially. Your son’s destined to be the greatest in history and here he’ll have a team to help get there. He’ll enjoy it’.
“I’m very Cruyffista but what Leo does – and I talked about this a lot with Johan – makes him the best in history. Johan said so too. Messi’s football is beautiful and effective. For me the best ever are Cruyff, Maradona and Messi. Leo’s a mix of Cruyff and Maradona, but he is Leo Messi.” ” said Laporta
So far this summer, Messi has already been linked with a move to Manchester City. But City’s chief executive expects the superstar to sign a new deal at the Nou Camp.