LIONEL MESSI could be preparing for a stint at Inter Miami following reports of a luxury apartment purchased on the Florida coast.
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have been chasing the Barcelona striker since his contract dispute with the LaLiga club.
But 33-year-old Messi appears to have his heart set on a move to MLS.
He recently told Spanish TV station La Sexta: "My plan is to give all I can for the club at the moment.
"I would like to play in the United States and experience life and the league there, but ultimately come back to Barcelona in some capacity.
"I'm not thinking too far ahead in the short-term and just want to see how the season finishes."
According to Madrid-based radio station Cadena Ser, Messi has already made his first move towards Miami with the purchase of a luxury apartment in the city.
A pad worth at least £7.25million was reportedly purchased by the Argentine last year.
The swanky Porsche Design Tower, completed in 2017, sits on the Sunny Isles beachfront in Miami.
Branded by the German supercar manufacturer of the same name, the building boasts three car lifts allowing residents to park their vehicle on the same floor as their suite.
Reports in Spain suggest Messi would prefer to stay with Barcelona until 2023, before a move across the Atlantic.
Much could depend on Barcelona's fate this season with his contract expiring in June.
With their talisman on an extended holiday break in Argentine, Ronald Koeman's side were held to a 1-1 draw against Eibar on Tuesday night.
The forward is said to prefer to school his three kids Stateside while seeing out his playing days.
Such an opportunity would heighten talk of a move to David Beckham's Inter Miami.
In the side's debut campaign, they finished tenth in the MLS Eastern Conference while being linked to a wealth of star names.
Blaise Matuidi and Gonzalo Higuain joined Inter during the 2020 campaign and Olivier Giroud was reportedly offered an apartment in Porsche Design Tower to tempt him into a move.
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