Former Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has added further fuel to speculation regarding Lionel Messi by insisting the Italian club have the resources available to sign him.
Reports have been linking Barcelona's captain with a move to the San Siro amid rumours the 32-year-old is unhappy with recent goings on at the club.
Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta said a transfer involving Messi would be pure "fantasy football" but it appears it is not as unlikely as it seems.
The Serie A giants have flexed their financial muscle in the last couple of transfer windows with the backing of owners Suning Holdings Group, who are prepared to spend more in a quest for success.
According to Tuttomercatoweb , Moratti said: "I’m just a fan and I don’t have any confidential news. But I know one thing.
"When it comes to resources and competence, Suning has what it takes to bring the Argentine to Milan."
Inter's charm offensive on Messi has already begun after the forward's image was projected onto the side of Milan's Duomo cathedral last month.
The club denied they had anything to do with it despite local reports insisting otherwise.
Messi has always maintained he is happy to see out his career at Barca, with his only potential temptation a brief swansong back in Argentina before he retires.
However latest developments at the Nou Camp have got under his skin and he was particularly irked by how the club dealt with the 70 per cent pay cut enforced on the players.
He was also annoyed at the social media scandal which rocked the club, after it appeared Barca hired a third party to create accounts which then criticised anyone who opposed the board – including Messi.
In addition Messi has been dismayed at the club's form, labelling Barca's current crop of stars "weak and erratic".
Inter are said to be willing to offer Messi £60million per season to join them when his contract expires this summer.
The four-year deal would make him the highest paid footballer on the planet ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Messi's former Argentina teammate Juan Sebastian Veron has also claimed the star has previously had his eyes set on a switch to the club.
"It's been a few years, but one time he told me he would like to play for Inter,” Veron told Tuttosport .
Nevertheless Veron also conceded it would be difficult for Messi to part ways with Barcelona, and Inter boss Antonio Conte agrees.
Speaking last month, Conte said: "It'd be easier to move the Duomo than to bring Messi to Inter!"
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