Chelsea have been handed a huge boost in their ongoing pursuit of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi after the La Liga giants admitted that they would struggle to fend off a £200m offer for his signature, according to the Metro.
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The Blues were rumoured to be interested in the world’s greatest player earlier in the season, but Barca sought to shut down the speculation before it got out of hand.
However, club vice-president Javier Faust has confessed that there would be little the club could do to stop Messi from making a big money move to Stamford Bridge.
This mostly comes down to Spanish tax laws and the lack of a billionaire owner that would be able to fund massive pay-packets.
“Today, we are no longer able to do that. Chelsea and PSG pay better,” Faust said.
“You have to understand: players always compare their net salary. What we pay here in Spain has the highest tax burdens in Europe.
“We have to increase our salaries greatly to still be competitive.
“So yes, we lose players just for the money.”
However, whether the diminutive Argentine would leave Barcelona is another matter entirely, but should he ever decide to make a change then it appears that Chelsea would be his most likely destination.