Inter Milan has backed out from the race to sign Lionel Messi, according to report in Marca.

The Barcelona captain has been strongly linked with a move to the Serie A club in recent months, even before he told the Barcelona board of his desire to leave the club.

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“We’re not going to sign Leo Messi,” Piero Ausilio, Inter’s sporting director, told Sky Sport.

“I don’t even know where these crazy rumours are coming from.”

Ausilio also signalled a hands-off warning to Barcelona regarding Lautaro Martinez.
“We never started official talks with Barcelona over Lautaro,” Ausilio added.
“The day after his release clause expired, we considered him not for sale.
“It’s over.”

Though the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are on course to sign the Argentine, a move to England is tipped to be his next destination with the attacker ready to reunite with his former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.

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