Lionel Messi won’t officially become a free agent until July 1, as he’s still currently under contract with Paris Saint-Germain. However, the 35-year-old is beginning to inform Inter Miami, who he intends to sign with, of names he’d like to see the club pursue this summer.
Inter Miami is currently at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. So they must do plenty of work to get out of that area and into a playoff spot.
Nonetheless, ESPN reports (h/t ESPN Brazil) that the South Florida clubs probed the situation of Luis Suárez from Grêmio.
At the request of Messi, who played for many years with Suárez at FC Barcelona, Inter Miami has consulted the Uruguayan striker’s staff. Still, for now, they will leave the matter for the future.
Suárez has a two-year contract and is one of the top earners at the Brazilian club. Inter Miami still complies with financial sanctions on account of players signed in previous seasons and ending after this year.
Furthermore, in MLS, each franchise can only have three designated players, that is, who have a salary above the ceiling allowed by the league.
In this way, Inter Miami has not entirely given up on hiring Suárez and should return to the load at the end of the year when the sanctions are over.