Inter Miami are ‘optimistic’ over Messi’s arrival (Picture: Getty)

Inter Miami owners Jorge Mas and David Beckham are confident of signing Lionel Messi.

The MLS franchise already count World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi and former Real Madrid, Napoli and Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain among their high-profile signings since entering the league in 2020.

Messi remains the ultimate goal however with SPORT reporting this week the Argentine is close to signing a new 10-year-deal that will see him spend the next two seasons at the Camp Nou before moving to the US to take up a starring role with Beckham’s side.

Messi will then return to Spain after two seasons in the US to take up an off-the-field role with Barcelona, according to the report.

Speaking to the Miami Herald, managing owner Mas revealed he and Beckham have had ‘serious talks’ with Messi. The player has also recently purchased a new condo worth $7m in the Sunny Isles Beach area.

Beckham also working on the deal to bring Messi to the club (Picture: Getty)

‘David and I have been working really hard, we have aspirations of bringing the best players here and Leo Messi is a generational player, arguably the best player of all time,’ Mas said.

‘I am optimistic Messi will play in an Inter Miami shirt because I think it will complete the legacy of the greatest player in our generation and will meet with the ambitions of the owners of Inter Miami to build a world class team.’

Messi hinted earlier this year he would be interested in a deal that would allow him to experience life in America before returning to Barcelona.

‘My plan is to give all I can for the club at the moment,’ Messi told Spanish TV station La Sexta.

‘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.’

Real Madrid stars Marcelo and Sergio Ramos are also among the high-profile names to be linked with a move to Miami.

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