Spaniard announces Chelsea working on deal to land absolute megastar

Guillem Balague has claimed Chelsea are trying to persuade Lionel Messi to leave Barcelona, according to the Sky Sports website.

Balague interviewed Messi earlier this week and said: “He was very ambiguous, he said I live by the moment and my moment now is Barcelona.

“He’s been there a long time, it’s his life, he’s got it all set up there…But the fact that one of the reported teams approached him and his representatives twice in the last week suggests something is going on.

“The receptions have been interesting because it has been like ‘OK, we are listening, what do you have to say?’. It doesn’t mean he is coming, but it means he is open to the idea, which you couldn’t have said two or three years ago.

“How to convince Messi goes beyond what you can do money wise. It has be a project to win, perhaps with a manager that he would be comfortable with, but he’s in a situation where he is very unhappy with the tax case and also maybe a new maturity with two kids where perhaps he wants to learn another language.

“It’s a few things that make the proposition attractive but doesn’t mean he is going to go.”

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