After a ‘failed £225 million transfer,’ Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich can finally sign Lionel Messi.
Chelsea missed out on signing Messi seven years ago, but they now have another chance to do so.
Following a failed £225 million sale seven years ago, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich may finally have his chance to get Lionel Messi. Messi has left Barcelona after the Catalan club was unable to secure La Liga approval for his new contract.
For the first time in his career, the Argentine superstar is a free agent, and he is being pursued by the majority of Europe’s elite clubs.
Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea are all said to be striving to raise the funds necessary to pay Messi’s hefty salary.
Abramovich is said to be keen on bringing in the former Barcelona player and has set up a meeting with him to discuss the move.
So far this summer, Thomas Tuchel’s squad has only made one signing: third-choice goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.
Inter Milan is holding out for a cost in excess of £100 million, and the Blues are pursuing a world-record-breaking deal for Romelu Lukaku.
The deal for Lukaku is anticipated to break City’s record, which they set when they purchased Jack Grealish from Aston Villa on Thursday.
However, when Abramovich reportedly tried to sign Messi in 2014, Chelsea may have paid a record-breaking fee.
Messi was on the verge of heading to Stamford Bridge, according to Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
Di Marzio alleges that Messi, Abramovich, and then-Blues manager Jose Mourinho were all interested in the move in his book Grand Hotel Calciomercato, a journal of the unseen mysteries of the transfer market.
According to reports, Messi would have cost a world-record sum of £225 million to join Stamford Bridge, as it was his release clause at the time.
If the deal had not fallen through, Messi would have received £50 million every season plus 70% of the image rights.
Messi initially made contact with Chelsea in January 2014, when a FaceTime chat was set up between the attacker and Mourinho.
That rumored meeting went well, but Chelsea’s pursuit of Cesc Fabregas derailed Messi’s transfer when the midfielder alerted Deco, who then told Jorge Messi of the possible trade.
Messi’s father was so enraged at being left out of the talks that he made the decision. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”