Laporta: Inter tried to sign Messi

13 November 2009 11:26
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed that Internazionale made an approach to try and tempt Argentinian ace Lionel Messi away from the Camp Nou last summer. The 22-year-old forward is under contract to Barca until the summer of 2016, with the buyout clause in his deal a massive 250million euros. However, that did not prevent Inter president Massimo Moratti from making an enquiry to Laporta about a deal. The Barca chief told the Corriere dello Sport: "Yes he did, but there is nothing to talk about. "Messi is not for sale, he (Moratti) must forget about it. Did I tell Moratti? Yes. I won't even talk about such a move." Messi has already helped Barca to three league titles, one Copa del Rey crown and two Champions League successes during his time in Spain.

Source: ESA