Lionel Messi to Chelsea: Man City Unveil Plan to Hijack Messi Deal Amidst Chelsea Interest

Manchester City ’emerging as favourites for Lionel Messi’

Manchester City are reportedly in pole position to sign Lionel Messi this summer, with the Argentina international available on a free transfer.

Barcelona said on Thursday evening that “financial and structural obstacles” had prevented them from being able to commit Messi to a new contract at Camp Nou, meaning that he will play his football elsewhere next term.

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Paris Saint-Germain have already been in contact with the South American to register their interest in his services.

However, according to Marca, Man City are the favourites for the 34-year-old despite completing a record-breaking Β£100m deal for Jack Grealish on Thursday.

The report claims that PSG are currently focusing on renewing Kylian Mbappe’s contract and could therefore struggle to hand Messi the deal that he would want to make the move to Paris.

Chelsea have set their eyes on signing Lionel Messi this summer as the Blues have requested an ‘urgent meeting’ with the Argentinian’s entourage, according to reports in Spain.

The London club could make a move one of the best players in history.

As per AS, Chelsea have their eyes set on the Argentine and have requested an ‘urgent meeting’ with Messi’s ‘environment’.

The news breaks after Barcelona and Messi were refused a contract extension by La Liga due to financial reasons.

The situation shocked the football world as Messi is now a free agent, available to talk to any other clubs.

It is believed that Paris Saint-Germain are leading the race for Messi, however Chelsea could get involved.

The report states that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has requested an urgent meeting with Messi’s camp via an English intermediary to put a pitch to Messi.

Chelsea have the funds to bring in another ‘one or two big signings’.

The Blues are set to sign Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan this summer and could also bring in 34-year-old Messi since the breaking news of his Barcelona exit last night.

Chelsea will have to go head to head with PSG once more this summer, after missing out on Achraf Hakimi to the French club earlier in the window.

What has Thomas Tuchel said regarding new signings?

Talking to Chelsea TV, Tuchel said: “There were some phone calls with Petr (Cech) and Marina (Granovskaia) and also with my assistant in a relaxed way. There’s no need for stress or to rush things.”

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