Spanish football expert Graham Hunter claims Real Madrid president Florentino PErez wants the next phase of his Galacticos to involve the transfer of Lionel Messi.
Writing in the Daily Record, Hunter posits that Perez will attempt to sign the Ballon d’Or winner, following the reduction of Los Blancos’ transfer ban from two years to one.
It was reported that Madrid have been interested in Iniesta and Messi since the latter was 13-years-old.
“Florentino Pérez has been fruitlessly trying to prise Messi [and Iniesta] away from Barcelona since the Argentinian was still 13 and the Catalan club didn’t know how to look after him, or his father, properly.
On a couple of occasions some board figures at the Camp Nou have told me of Madrid’s fluttering eyelashes and “come hither” wallet flapping in the direction of Camp Messi. So far the response has always been ‘No!’ – but Florentino doesn’t mind a rejection.”
Speaking of Perez, the Scot said:
“It’s the prospect of the utterly unexpected answer, like when Alex Ferguson asked Howard Wilkinson whether he could have Eric Cantona and Florentino convinced Luis Figo to abandon Barca for Madrid, which adds adrenaline.
“Or when Florentino somehow prised Beckham from United.”
The journalist added that Perez wanted to sign Neymar and only gave up on that transfer when he was told that Real Madrid would be liable for all fines relating to the Brazilian’s move from Santos to Barcelona.
“That intangible “we don’t know how much this could rise to” risk was too much for Florentino’s taste.
“However, he operates on the basis of ‘You don’t ask you don’t get!”. So [Barcelona president] Bartomeu’s admission that it may take months for any talks with Messi’s father about what will become the biggest contract in football history is a giant hint to Madrid.”
A move however seems almost impossible as Barcelona president Bartomeu has already stated the Catalans will make the Argentine the world’s highest paid player