Chelsea appear to be progressing in their pursuit of Inter Milan frontman Romelu Lukaku.
The Blues have been desperate to bring a world-class striker to Stamford Bridge this summer and they are chasing Lukaku after seemingly being priced out of a move for Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Erling Haaland.
football.london understands a bid of £100million could well be enough to tempt the Nerazzurri into allowing their star player to leave this month, a fee that would make him the joint-most expensive player in Premier League history, along with Manchester City’s Jack Grealish, who completed his transfer to the Citizens on Thursday evening.
However, a transfer for the 28-year-old Belgian could shockingly merely be background noise if the Blues can tempt footballing icon Lionel Messi to join Thomas Tuchel’s side after the Argentine ended a 21-year association with Barcelona following the expiry of his contract at the Camp Nou.
The report claims that the west London club have realised that City will struggle to afford to sign Messi after sanctioning the aforementioned Grealish transfer and will try and capitalise on this by listening to the 34-year-old’s demands and consider making an offer to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
Still, Messi’s salary would likely be astronomical, in fact, Barcelona’s president Joan Laporta admitted that the graceful playmaker’s wage demands were the reason for his departure from the Blaugrana.
“The salary mass is 110% of the total income of the club,” Laporta revealed in an emergency press conference on Friday.
“We don’t have any margin in terms of the salary. The rules and regulations of La Liga is regulated by a Financial Fair Play and we don’t have any margin.”
Messi established himself as one of the greatest footballers of all time during his stay at Barcelona, notching a whopping 672 goals and 305 assists across 778 games for the Catalan club.