Javier Zanetti could lure Lionel Messi to join Inter in the summer, according to former Argentina international Juan Sebastian Veron.

Messi’s contract with Barcelona expires at the end of this season and it remains to be seen whether the 33-year-old will stay at the Camp Nou or seek to join another club.

Former Barca president Joan Laporta revealed long ago that Inter had made an attempt to buy Messi in the past, while former Inter boss Massimo Moratti has suggested that the current owners of the black club have the capacity to reach an agreement for him.

But Laporta intends to keep Messi in Barcelona for many more years, if he wins the presidential election at the club this month.

Former Inter and Argentina star Veron does not expect Messi to follow in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo and go to Serie A, but says Inter vice-president Zanetti could be the key if a fat offer is made.

“I do not think he will go to Italy. If he does, it would be because of Javier Zanetti, who knows him and will try to talk to him to make him feel important again and to explain the club’s project for the future.” Veron.

Zanetti played alongside Messi in the Argentine national team for six years.

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