Chelsea’s potential signing of Lionel Messi would depend on the financial aspect of the move, according to transfer expert Dean Jones.
The Lowdown: Still got it
If we’ve learnt anything throughout the World Cup, it’s that that £670k-per-week legend has still got it. Three goals from four games in this tournament have seen him hold his position as Argentina’s talisman, even in his mid-30s.
The South American legend has also excelled in France this season, registering 17 attacking contributions for Paris Saint-German in the form of seven goals and 10 assists from 13 Ligue 1 games.
At 35 years of age, Messi is still delivering in spades at the highest level, and he has recently been linked with a potential free transfer to Chelsea next year when his contract in Paris expires.
The Latest: A Premier League bow?
According to Jones, Messi has interest from the Stamford Bridge club when his deal with PSG expires, although it is highly unlikely to materialise due to the finances which could be involved.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the transfer expert said: “It comes down to finances, it comes down to Messi’s drive to test himself in the Premier League at a club like that at this stage in his career.
“He won’t be willing to make a transfer that flops at this point, so while there might be some interest on Chelsea’s side, it’s difficult to see Messi making that jump.“
The Verdict: Doesn’t seem likely
There is no doubt that Messi’s arrival in the Premier League would be fantastic to see.
However, if he is to make such a move, which seems unlikely at this point in his career, you would imagine that his calling would be at Manchester City to reunite with his former boss Pep Guardiola in a possession-dominated system like that with which he is familiar from Barcelona.
Therefore, Jones is right to play down the prospect of the Argentina icon lining out in a Chelsea shirt.
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