Blues ready to spend big on incredible signing.
Chelsea were prepared to spend a staggering £118m on signing Barcelona star Lionel Messi this summer, according to the Daily Express.
The 27-year-old, widely regarded as the best player in the world and one of the greatest of all time, has been at the Nou Camp for his entire career, but was rumoured to be unsettled at the club this summer.
It is now claimed that the Blues submitted a cheeky bid for the Argentine at the time, though Barca had no interest in entering negotiations over the player.
This would no doubt have been a shock move, and it has also been mentioned that Arsenal showed an interest in signing Messi at the time.