It would not be impossible for Inter to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi according to a report in today’s print edition of Tuttosport.
Inter chief executive Giuseppe ‘Beppe’ Marotta was the mastermind behind Juventus signing Cristiano Ronaldo and whilst currently focused on other targets such as Dries Mertens and Marash Kumbulla, if Messi decides he wants to leave Barcelona, Inter, armed with the knowledge Marotta has of such ginormous deals, will try and sign him.
Messi has a clause in his contract which allows him to free himself this Summer although he cannot use this clause to go to another club in a top five league.
Therefore Tuttosport suggest it could take around €100 million to sign him. The situation will very much be similar to that of Ronaldo’s as he pushed to leave Real Madrid and despite being worth more, they settled for a €100 million fee.
Inter could offer Messi a net salary of €35 million a year, approximately €66 million gross. They could however take full advantage of the new tax laws on foreigners meaning they would only have to pay tax against €51 million of that gross sum.
Messi could chose to adopt the same tax relief method that Ronaldo chose which would be the worse solution for Inter as they would not save as much.
The report from the Turin newspaper suggests that the total cost of a move for Messi could range between €350-365 million or €86-91 million a year on the basis he signs a four year contract with the club.