According to Italian Radio Rai, Jorge Messi will be in Milan in the summer to negotiate a potential move of his son Lionel Messi to Inter. Messi’s father is managing his son’s contracts and is currently in the process of moving to Milan. Reports claim that Messi’s future therefore may be in Italy, with Inter Milan as top candidates.
Currently, Lionel Messi is earning €30.5 million per season net, while his salary is €60.3 million gross. In Italy, the Argentine might take advantage of the flat tax rate which is €25 thousand per year. Cristiano Ronaldo is currently taking advantage of this regime in Italy.
While it would be absurd to completely believe the rumors regarding Messi’s exit from Barcelona, it is known that the Argentine is lately not having the best time at his home club. After losing La Liga to Real Madrid, the 33-year-old burst in a press conference requesting “things to change” on the edge of his contract renewal talks.
Source: Radio Rai via TUTTOmercatoWEB
Koeman has ruled out the departure of Junior Firpo
According to a report published by SPORT, Ronald Koeman has ruled out any and all departures from the squad in the winter transfer window – barring Matheus Fernandes -, including that of Junior Firpo to AC Milan.
The report states that Barcelona are in a sketchy position and do not want to sell any players because signing replacements is getting increasingly tough. The signing of Eric Garcia remains scheduled for the summer when he will be signed on a free transfer, while Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum seem extremely unlikely.
Firpo was linked out of Barcelona, with both Italian capital clubs – Inter Milan and AC Milan tracking his progress in Spain. A loan move to Milan with a €20 million option to buy was looking extremely realistic. Still, without reinforcements in that position, Barcelona should not be letting the Spaniard leave in the winter.
The truth is, while Barcelona are in crippling debt, and desperately require players off their wage bill, selling low-earners like Firpo seemed like a bad idea. The plan was to let go of the former-Real Betis defender and hand Alejandro Balde his debut. However, at the age of 16, that is too much pressure to knight to a player.
That said, the club is still willing to listen to offers for Matheus Fernandes, who has been deemed surplus. The Brazilian joined from Palmeiras in what was termed yet another shady deal by the long-gone Josep Bartomeu. He has registered no more than 17 minutes this season, coming on against Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Champions League.
Matheus was not even given the chance to play against UE Cornella in the Copa del Rey and has spent 11 games on the bench this season following his lucky 17 minutes in the UCL. Deportivo Alaves are eyeing a loan move for the 22-year-old owing to their budget limitations, and Barcelona will be hoping to make this transfer a reality soon.