Zanetti: No Messi bid

Inter Vice-President Javier Zanetti has rejected suggestions his club are ready to mount an audacious bid to bring Lionel Messi to Italy.

Stories emerged last week that the Serie A giants were considering a move to sign the Argentine superstar from Barcelona, in response to Juventus’ signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

Marco Tronchetti Provera, Chief Executive of Pirelli, one of Inter’s main sponsors, had even hinted there was a chance of Messi ending up at the San Siro in the summer transfer window.

However, Zanetti insisted there was no truth in the rumours and distanced his club from making any bid for Messi.

“It’s absolutely crazy and there is no truth in any of the stories that we were going to ask for Messi,” he told Fox Sports Argentina, before saying he was more than happy with Inter’s two main strikers, Mauro Icardi and Lautaro Martinez, with the former having been linked with a move away.

“We are happy with both and Icardi’s staying. We’ll sit down with him shortly to discuss a renewal.

“He’s a great professional and has been Inter’s captain for two years. He behaves like a captain and is not going to Real Madrid,” asserted Zanetti.

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