The big one is here as Inter Milan are reportedly ready to offer Lionel Messi a staggering £235M to join them.
The Barcelona star is yet to agree a new deal with the Catalan club, and will be a free agent next summer.
There have been murmurings all season that he has become increasingly frustrated with how things are going at the Nou Camp.
There are reports now – including one by The Sun.co.uk – that the Argentinean super star may now be heading to Italy in one surprise move of the season. His major rival Cristiano Ronaldo left Barcelona rivals Real Madrid for Juventus in this first surprise move from the Spanish league in recent times.
There are now reports also that boss Quique Setien will be sacked if he doesn’t win the Champions League.
But losing Messi will send tremors through the world of football.
According to La Gazzetta Dello Sport Inter Milan are ready to pay Messi £60M a season to join them and will offer him a four-year deal.
That would see him lock horns with old rival Ronaldo in Serie A.
It would also see Messi overtake the Portuguese star as the league’s top earner.
Ronaldo was making £27.3m from his salary at Juve, before any coronavirus-related pay cuts.
Just days ago Inter’s owners hinted at a summer move for Messi by using his picture to advertise a Serie A game in China.
Both Inter and Chinese streaming service PPTV are owned by the Suning group.
And they projected a picture of Messi on Milan’s Duomo cathedral to advertise the Serie A game between Inter and Napoli for their Far East audience, The Sun confirmed.