Chelsea would have to sell their three most important players and raise €200 million if they were serious about trying to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
The Blues are just one of a number of clubs said to have an interest in making a world-record deal for the Argentina captain happen, with the past few months having given birth to waves of speculation claiming that he could indeed leave the Nou Camp one day.
Speaking on the subject Balague, who serves as a specialist on Spanish football matters for Sky Sports, has insisted that Chelsea would only be able to finance such a move if they were to raise the cash through the sale of three of the best players in the Premier League; Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Francesc Fabregas.
"Currently, in order for Chelsea to be able to land Messi, they must sell players worth €200m. So you sell Costa, Hazard and Fabregas and you bring Messi," Balague said, according to French newspaper Le 10 Sport.
"Currently, in order for Chelsea to be able to land Messi, they must sell players worth €200m. So you sell Costa, Hazard and Fabregas and you bring Messi"
Messi at Barca
Having already scored 32 goals for Barcelona across all competitions this term, it’s fair to say Messi has well and truly put to bed rumours that his relationship with Luis Enrique is adversely affecting his form.
The diminutive forward is enjoying another incredible campaign in Catalonia, and with each passing week it looks like the prospect of him leaving diminishes further.
However there will always remain those who believe it possible that he could play in the Premier League one day, and with the eye-watering package it would take to lure him away from Barca there’s only a select few clubs capable of doing that.
Chelsea are joined by Manchester City and Manchester United in this respect, with the latter set to reap the benefits of a sponsorship deal with Adidas worth £750 million at the end of this season.
Yet any club hoping to land the prize jewel of Barcelona’s impressive crown will undoubtedly have to raise big money via the sale of their own superstars to keep in line with the Financial Fair Play rulings.
Whilst City boast plenty of monetary power thanks to their owners they don’t have the sort of players capable of fetching such huge sums, with the exception of Sergio Aguero, and United too have a similar predicament.
Chelsea fans, would the departures of Costa, Hazard and Fabregas be a fair loss in return for landing Messi? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below...