- Lionel Messi is expected to leave Inter Miami on loan in the coming months. There are several clubs who have the chance to land the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Messi joined Inter Miami in July 2023. The Argentine star signed a two-and-a-half-year contract.

At his new club, Messi has been impressive, scoring 12 goals in 13 matches. However, Messi could not bring Inter Miami to the MLS playoffs.

Well, this failure will put Messi out of work for about four months. Because the new MLS regular season will start again around February of next year.

Now there are rumors that Messi is going to leave Inter Miami. He could join another club on loan in January 2024.

Here are the five clubs who have the potential to sign Lionel Messi on loan in January 2024.

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1. Barcelona

1. Barcelona

Barcelona players celebrate a goal scored by Sevilla player Sergio Ramos in La Liga 2023/2024, Saturday (30/9/2023) morning WIB. (c) AP Photo/Joan Monfort.

Barcelona still can't forget Lionel Messi. Spanish giants La Pulga dreamed of a comeback.

This opportunity came in the summer of 2023. However, the Argentine star has opted to move to Inter Miami.

However, Barcelona did not give up. The Blaugrana are reportedly looking to sign Messi on loan in the January 2024 transfer window.

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2. Manchester City

2. Manchester City

Erling Haaland after the Premier League match Arsenal v Manchester City on Sunday (8/10/2023). (c) AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

Lionel Messi has become a world class star thanks to Josep Guardiola's Polish. La Pulga could be linked with Guardiola at Manchester City.

Manchester City have many star players in their squad. Messi could create formidable competition with Erling Haaland in the forward line for the Citizens.

Messi is now 36 years old. There are many examples of aging players who have been able to shine in the Premier League.

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3. Chelsea

3. Chelsea

Mykhaylo Mudryk cs celebration at Fulham v Chelsea match in 2023/2024 Premier League, Tuesday (3/10/2023) morning WIB. (c) AP Photo/Kin Cheng

Chelsea have not been strong in the Premier League this season. The Blues had to sit in 11th place after eight matches.

In addition to the problem of winning, Chelsea have also struggled to score goals. They don't have a striker hungry for goals.

Chelsea may be able to take Messi on loan to boost their squad. La Pulga could be a good addition to the Blues' attacking line.

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4. Inter Milan

4. Inter Milan

Inter Milan players celebrate Henrik Mkhitaryan's goal (left) against AC Milan during the Serie A 2023/24 Week 4 (c) AP Photo/Antonio Calanni.

Inter Milan has been doing well this season. The Nerazzurri have just one defeat and are second in the Serie A table.

However, the presence of Lionel Messi makes Simone Inzaghi's team even stronger. Moreover, the Nerazzurri are determined to win the Scudetto again this season.

Messi can play with his compatriot Lautaro Martinez. The Inter striker has scored nine goals in Serie A so far.

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5. Saudi Arabia Club

5. Saudi Arabia Club

Cristiano Ronaldo and Al Nasr players celebrate a goal against Al Raid in the 2023/2024 Saudi Pro League. (c) Al Nasr

Al Hilal were reportedly interested in signing Lionel Messi in the last summer's transfer window. They have reportedly offered up to €400 million to bring in La Pulga.

However, Messi is not interested in continuing his career in Saudi Arabia. The Argentine star has finally landed in MLS with Inter Miami.

It is said that the Saudi Arabian club is preparing to take Messi on loan. They want to revive their famous rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo.