Sensational news are out and it has been reported that Real Madrid are ready to offer £120 million for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
Local newspapers have reported that this is a deal which is designed to send shock waves through world football as Real Madrid plan to upset their fiercest rivals by going for their best player.
Real Madrid paid a world record £80m to Manchester United last summer for Cristiano Ronaldo but have struggled to topple Barcelona in La Liga.
The original plan was to make the £120million offer – which is the buy-out figure written into Messi’s contract – during the week of the Champions League final to detract from Barcelona playing in the Bernabeu.
But Barcelona’s semi final exit has now meant they will not have to do it in that timescale but president Florentino Perez still intends to make a shock offer to show that Real Madrid mean business again this summer.