While the days may have passed since the embarrassment of Barcelona’s Champions League in Portugal, the inquiry is well underway around Catalonia and for the fading Spanish giants, drastic changes are more than required.
Hit with what turned out to be a crushing 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich and already watching Quique Setién give his marching orders by the leadership of the Nou Camp, there is still a string of concerns about the future of Lionel Messi.
Despite some feeling that his record-breaking career in Barcelona would come to an end after what was a hugely frustrating campaign for the reigning European champions, where is Messi going to play next?
While many believe that perhaps the greatest ever player in football still has plenty to give in one of Europe’s top flights, Messi may be tempted to return to where it all started for the 33-year-old.
With it no secret he’s been dissatisfied with the way Barcelona is going and still in the middle of a well-publicized fight with club president Josep Bartomeu, a transfer back to Argentina and one club in particular might be at the top of Messi ‘s list.
Starting with his legacy as a six-year – old at Newell’s Old Boys, the little magician remained a lifelong fan of the Rosario outfit and spoke earlier of his desire to return home before hanging boots.
Although Inter Milan may have been left disappointing for failing to win their first Series A crown since 2011 by a one-point deficit this summer, Antonio Conte’s side has set a marker and showed some real signs of a comeback.
The Nerazzurri have already secured a return for next season in the Champions League and it’s no secret that Inter has always remained optimistic to carry Messi to the San Siro.
In 2006, when he was only 19, making a €150 million offer for the legendary forward, former club president Massimo Moratti said that the club now has “everything it takes” to carry the MVP of Barcelona to Italy 16 years after their initial attempt.
Like Barcelona, Manchester City has also found itself crashing out of the Champions League over the weekend in shocking fashion and the Sky Blues are another side that is firmly under the microscope.
The men of Pep Guardiola were met with an epic 3-1 loss to Ligue 1 Lyon outfit and it was a very troubling campaign for fans around the Etihad both domestically and in Europe.
With The Mirror claiming that the now-ex-English champions are ready to invest whatever it takes to draw Messi to the Etihad, both clubs have a well-known working partnership, and Guardiola claims that they are pole placed to win Messi ‘s signature