FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi was close to joining Premier League side Chelsea this summer, according to a Spanish newspaper.
Mundo Deportive have released an article claiming that sports brand, Adidas, offered to pay half of Messi’s release clause in order to try and push through a move to Stamford Bridge.
The Argentine’s clause stands at a whopping £210,000,000 and it would have left The Blues having to pay £105,000,000 for the best player in the world.
It is believed that Adidas saw the opportunity to help the winger move to either the Premier League outfit, or even European champions Bayern Munich.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt