Six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been associated with moving to San Siro regularly for many years. Speculation has always been carried through to the end by writing new terms or making public statements of commitment at the Camp Nou.

Inter are interested in “fantasy football” – Leo Messi

Renewed talk of Inter launching for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is “fantasy football,” says Nerazzurri director Giuseppe Marotta. While keeping Alexis Sanchez on board with a more pressing concern for the Serie A giants. Six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been associated with moving to San Siro regularly for many years. Speculation has always been carried through to the end by writing new terms or making public statements of commitment at the Camp Nou. However, an exit could open in 2020, with Messi reported having shelved contract negotiations in Catalonia amid concerns over the direction in which Barça headed to and from the field. It is believed that this gave Inter hope, and the Argentine’s father said he bought a house near Milan.

Leo is the main target of Inter

Marotta, however, continues to fend off rumors, telling reporters: “It is fantasy football. He is certainly not one of our goals, and I think he is interested in continuing his career in Barcelona. One player that Inter are hoping to see on their books shortly is Chile international Sánchez. He is nearing the end of an extended loan from Manchester United. No deal has been agreed to keep their services for the resumption of Europa League competition, or next season, but Marotta is planning negotiations. He added: “This is an odd question, given that the absence of certain players could change the Europa League. The situation has not yet been resolved. We are working to at least keep it throughout the Europa League.”

Inter still have two Serie A games to host this season, with the first to see them face Genoa on Saturday, and Giuseppe hopes an ambitious team can secure the runner-up finish. He said: “Obviously, second place is crucial, but our analysis should be about continuous growth. And the season is not over yet. There are some small regrets to see what happened to those in front of us, but we must be happy with what we have achieved. This is an unusual post-ban campaign, so it becomes difficult to assess players and teams fully. We must arrange for the next season, which will also be difficult as a result of this timing.”