Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has set the ambitious target of signing a marquee name for Chelsea in 2015.
According to the Daily Express, Abramovich wants Chelsea to sign a big name like Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, and he’s reportedly prepared to put up to £200m available to Jose Mourinho to make it happen.
Unfortunately for Chelsea, and the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, PSG and Manchester United who have also been linked with the Argentine superstar, reports in today’s Mundo Deportivo claimed that Messi has actually committed his future to the club.
There reportedly was a time last season when Messi was considering his future at the club, with PSG coming closest to signing him, but the 27-year-old forward is now happy under Luis Enrique and focussed on life with Barcelona.
Chelsea were credited with interest earlier this season, to which Mourinho said ‘I have no chance [of signing Messi]’.
But the Daily Express claims Abramovich will sanction up to £200m of spending in the summer transfer window at the end of the season to lure a player like Messi to Stamford Bridge.
It’s unclear how this would be reconciled with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, which are in place to stop exactly this kind of extreme spending.
As Mourinho said in late December: “Because at this moment there is Financial Fair Play and with the Financial Fair Play we have to follow certain rules, certain numbers and we obviously have no conditions to buy, as you say a ‘super amazing player’ paid with ‘super amazing numbers’ that Chelsea at this moment we cannot do."