Don Garber, the commissioner of Major League Soccer conceded an interview with The Athletic in which he discussed the possibility of Lionel Messi landing in the United States signed by Inter Miami for free next summer. According to Garber, both "the MLS and Inter Miami are willing to be flexible" in order "to land the Argentine superstar."
The statement, as shocking as it might be, comes attached to even more revealing comments made by Commissioner Garber.
Messi's deal with PSG ends in June 2023 and according to the report published by The Athletic, Messi already is "in discussions over a contract extension with PSG" while the World Cup winner "is also in talks about a potential move to Inter Miami."
The ongoing talks between Messi and Inter Miami had been only rumored to this point, but The Athletic's note has now made the talks between the Argentina international and Inter Miami official.
Commissioner Garber is quoted saying that Messi is "perhaps the most special player in the history of the game," adding that "when there are rumors of him connected to Miami, that's great".
MLS Commissioner Don Garber: "MLS and Inter Miami are willing to be flexible to land Lionel Messi"
Garber said that, in the MLS, "teams have the flexibility to do unique things." This goes on to prove the willingness of the Commissioner of the American league to help Inter Miami sign the aging superstar next summer when his deal runs out.
The commissioner also touched on David Beckham's arrival in the MLS back in 2007, acknowledging "that deal worked out very well for him," and finishing by saying that "we'll see how that plays out over the next couple of years with maybe another player from Argentina.” Clearer than water, folks.
As The Athletic's note closes, Garber is quoted repeating the words of former MLS deputy commish Mark Abbot, "Never say never, because never is a long time."
From Paris with love: bye, bye, Leo.