Lionel Messi rejected summer move to Chelsea

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Lionel Messi rejected a dramatic offer to join Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea this summer, according to the Daily Star.

Spanish reports believe the Argentinian superstar was the subject of three bids from the Blues, with one thought to have exceeded his £210million release clause.

The bid was supposedly backed by Adidas, who offered to pay half the fee in order for Messi to move to a club they supply with shirt deals.

However, the Argentine is thought to have discarded all offers, refusing to even listen to proposals sent to him by Barcelona’s director of football, Raul Sanllehi.

With Chelsea looking likely to strengthen their front line in January, the four time Ballon d’Or winner could be the subject of another bid from the west London club, despite the fact their best efforts might be in vain.

Messi is currently suffering his worst goal drought since April 2011, having not scored in the past four games.

Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino has no complaints with his star man, though insisting: “It is difficult to do an individual analysis of a player in every single game, but Leo continues to be the most important player in a team replete with important figures.

“His manner of playing still offers us a huge amount and if the team continues to win you will see the best of our best players shortly.”

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