Chelsea ne­go­ti­ate Messi’s Barca exit

Daily Trust - - SPORT -

Jorge Messi, the fa­ther and rep­re­sen­ta­tive of five-time Bal­lon d’Or win­ner Lionel Messi, have held ne­go­ti­a­tions with Chelsea owner Ro­man Abramovich con­cern­ing the Barcelona No. 10’s po­ten­tial de­par­ture from the Camp Nou, the Sun re­ported.

With Messi be­ing handed a 21-month jail sen­tence (he’s un­likely to serve any time) and a 2 mil­lion fine for tax fraud, the Sun re­ported that the Ar­gen­tine has felt that Barcelona haven’t been as sup­port­ive as they could’ve been through­out the or­deal. The West London club re­port­edly have kept a close eye on devel­op­ments in the case and were alerted to the pos­si­bil­ity of Messi’s de­par­ture.

Should “La Pulga” leave the Cata­lan gi­ants, Chelsea would re­port­edly find them­selves in pole po­si­tion for his sig­na­ture. The sub­se­quent trans­fer fee would “smash the £100 mil­lion mark,” the Sun said.

Lionel Messi

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