A transfer request from Lionel Messi could make a sensational move to Chelsea possible…
Lionel Messi could very well make an incredible exit from Barcelona if the four-time Ballon d’Or steps up in his power struggle by handing in a transfer request, as reported by the Daily Mail.
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Journalist Pete Jenson believes that Messi is now into his third and final stage of his Barcelona career; in overcoming the shy and awkward young player to the fully-developed four-time Ballon d’Or winner, Messi has now become a leader – and an unhappy one at that.
The Argentine’s reported unhappiness with the Catalan giants stems from December 2013 when club vice-president, Javier Faus, said he didn’t understand “why the contract of this gentleman should be improved when it was revised only two years ago”.
This comment riled the 27 year old, particularly in sarcastically being referred to as a “gentlemen”, responding that Faus doesn’t know anything about football.
Tensions have become even more significant this season with Messi reportedly falling out with boss Luis Enrique, putting a host of clubs on red-alert that the once untouchable forward could actually make an astonishing exit from the La Liga side.
Since following Chelsea on Instagram, and more recently voting Blues boss Jose Mourinho third on his list of top coaches in the Ballon d’Or poll, rumours have been rife that Messi is eyeing a move to the Premier League’s current title leaders.
Mourinho has claimed that Financial Fair Play would make a move impossible – however if the Argentina captain was to put in a transfer request, the price would crucially drop.
It seems the only way a move could materialise would be for the Barcelona number 10 to play the transfer-request card – and it would be a major, and most likely last, step in power-play for Messi against the club.
Could the La Liga record-breaker really force a move?