The Blues are said to be exploring the possibility of signing world’s best Lionel Messi for £110 million.
According to TheSun, Jorge Messi, the father and representative of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has held negotiations with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich concerning the Barcelona No. 10’s potential departure from the Camp Nou.
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 reports.
However, Manchester City is said to have also registered their interest for the striker with £800,000-a-week.
Messi, was yesterday sentenced to 21 months in prison after a court in Barcelona found him guilty of tax fraud. His father, Jorge Messi, was also given a jail term for the same charges.
According to the court, Jorge Messi has defrauded Spain of tax totaling of €4.1m (£3.2m; $4.6m) between 2007 and 2009.
During the trial, prosecutors said tax havens in Belize and Uruguay were used to conceal earnings from image rights. But Lionel Messi claims he”knew nothing” about his financial affairs, as he trusted his father to manage his finances.
The court ordered Messi to pay a fine of around 2 million euros ($2.21 million) and his father to pay 1.5 million euros for the crimes.