Inter Milan's potential starting XI with Lionel Messi could compete for Champions League glory

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It might be time to start imagining Barcelona without Lionel Messi.

It was reported by Catalan radio RAC1 in the week that Messi told new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman that he views himself ‘more out than in’ at the Camp Nou right now.

Negotiations with another club could prove difficult due to Messi’s wages and £630 million release clause. But his contract expires in 2021 and if it sounds as if the Argentinian is fully prepared to leave.

Where will he end up?

A reunion with Pep Guardiola has been mooted, and Manchester City certainly have the funds and ambitions required to meet Messi’s demands.

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Inter Milan in ‘pole’ 

According to the Spanish media, however, there’s another club in pole position to sign Messi.

That’s Inter Milan, who have shown the biggest interest in completing a deal for Messi according to Sport.

The Serie A side were nearly-men in 2019/20, finishing second in the Italian top-flight and losing in the Europa League final.

But with Chinese billionaire Steven Zhang, Inter’s chairman, keen to help the club return to being a major force once again, a move for Messi would be a clear sign of their intent.

Inter’s potential starting XI

Inter would suddenly be able to field a starting line-up that could compete for the Champions League.

Messi would slot in at No.10 behind Romelu Lukaku and Argentina teammate Lautaro Martinez to form one of Europe’s top attacks.

Check out their potential XI with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner in the side.

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Inter Milan’s starting XI (3-4-1-2): Samir Handanovic; Diego Godin, Stefan de Vrij, Alessandro Bastoni; Achraf Hakimi, Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic, Ashley Young; Lionel Messi; Lautaro Martinez, Romelu Lukaku.

Not bad, right?

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Inter Milan will compete in the Champions League next season and with Messi in the side, they could go far in the competition.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner showed last season that he remains one of the top three players in the world and one imagines he would quite enjoy not having to carry a team for a change.

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