REPORTS: Lionel Messi had already agreed to join Chelsea

CHELSEA are part of the clubs linked to the Argentine Super striker after leaving his Spanish club, Barcelona Football Club.

CHELSEA target Lionel Messi nearly joined the club back in 2014 in a ‘secret deal’ amid fresh talks of a potential west London move for the Argentine after he was released by Barcelona.

Messi, 34, has a big decision to make after Joan Laporta admitted in an emergency press conference on Friday that it was impossible to keep the Copa America winner at the club due to the Financial Fair Play regulations in La Liga.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner once “secretly” agreed to join Chelsea for £208million back in 2014, but the move fell through after his dad and agent Jorge Messi found out about these informal talks.

Sky Sports’ Gianluca Di Marzio disclosed that Roman Abramovich and co. agreed to give Messi an annual wage of $65 million (£46.7million) plus 70% of image rights, with the Argentine keen on the deal.

Lionel Messi agrees with Thomas Tuchel and Declan Rice on Mason Mount

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner had already joined a long list of Mount admirers which include his current manager Thomas Tuchel and his best friend Declan Rice on it.

Last year, Barcelona star Lionel Messi was asked to pick 15 players from around the world that were up and coming talents that will go on to achieve great things in the future. As well as naming the likes of Borussia Dortmund Jadon Sancho and Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain, Messi also included Mount on his list.

High praise indeed from the serial winner who now has a big decision to make on his next club.Messi said: “Having watched him play he has the potential to be one of the best.”

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