It’s the deal everyone’s speculating about, but few believe it's actually possible. Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona may be uncertain, but there’s a lot of convincing to do if the masses are to accept that he’s going to be moving to Chelsea.
However, according to new reports the world-class playmaker was made monumentally angry with Catalan boss Luis Enrique following the surprise 1-0 loss suffered at the hands of Real Sociedad.
A Spanish radio station claims that Messi has lost faith in his manager, and doesn’t believe he has what it takes to ensure they win silverware. Does this mean that Chelsea can capitalise and secure a whopping £200m deal? We’ll leave that to your interpretation.
Whatever the outcome it's clear that Mourinho would have an incredibly arduous task in convincing him of personal terms. In the past various sums have been mooted with regards to the sort of contract Messi would be able to command, and though there's no figure all outlets seem able to agree upon, it makes sense to assume it would be one of the most lucrative in football history.
Meanwhile Jose Mourinho has been warned to keep his hands off Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, as Roberto Martinez confirmed that there was no way he’d be leaving Goodison Park this January. A deal for the youngster has been mentioned in the past, but Everton don’t want to sell.
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Having risen to prominence in the past two seasons Barkley has established himself as one of the most complete midfielders in the Premier League. Though his status as a homegrown hero has echoes of Wayne Rooney, it seems as though he won't be going anywhere until either his relationship with his club sours, or his manager deems him an expendable asset.
- Jose Mourinho is considering a surprise move to land Micah Richards in the summer, with the Manchester City-bred player short of opportunities at the Etihad Stadium. The ex-England international is on loan with Serie A side Fiorentina, but Mourinho wants to bolster his back line with experienced individuals.