Lionel Messi has been linked to several Premier League clubs amid shocking talks of a Barcelona departure.
The Argentinian, who has spent his entire senior career with the Catalonians, is reportedly looking for a way out of his boyhood club. According to Fabrizio Romano, Messi wants to leave Barcelona immediately, which will force any interested clubs to pay an astronomical €700million (£623m) to activate his release clause.
Could Chelsea lure Lionel Messi to Stamford Bridge?
Frank Lampard’s ex-international teammate Rio Ferdinand believes Chelsea are interested in bringing the Barcelona legend to Stamford Bridge amid a very successful transfer window so far.
The former Manchester United man tweeted: “Just heard Frank Lampard is now in for Messi. Some window this if Lamps pulls this off!!”
Indeed, bringing Messi to the Premier League would write Lampard’s name in history. However, both Manchester City and United are also monitoring the situation, with others including Paris Saint-Germain also interested in a move for the 33-year-old (according to Onda Cero Radio, via Metro).
Romano also reported that Barca are eager to keep hold of their star forward, but the player has made up his mind. Messi allegedly ‘wants to change’ clubs and the Italian journalist believes there will be a battle commencing surrounding his future.
Chelsea have already proven they aren’t shying away from spending big bucks this summer. Roman Abramovich has given his blessing for Lampard to splash a minimum of £50m on securing each of Kai Havertz, Declan Rice and Ben Chilwell. With Havertz reportedly going to cost the club a hefty £90m, the Blues are looking at a bill of at least £190m for the trio.
However, even the team who have endured a two-window transfer ban may find Messi’s release clause too steep. Indeed, the Argentinian will become a free agent next year upon the expiry of his contract, but he wants to leave the club now.
With Man City lurking, Chelsea may be forced into splashing an unheard of amount of cash to add Messi to their ranks this summer.
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