Media speculations are growing in regard to the potential move of Lionel Messi to FC #Chelsea managed by Jose Morihno. The North London club is "willing to pay" Messi`s £200 million buyout clause. Additionally the club will offer the Argentinean a six-year contract deal according to Paul Brown of the Daily Star.
Brown further indicates that Jose Mourinho`s side are willing to meet his wage demands, "which could double the total cost of the deal". The blues would need to offer him well over £ 600,000 per week. This should double the cost of the deal over six years according to Nick Akerman column in bleacher report.
A number of factors can potentially precipitate the 27-year-old move to North London. First and foremost is his strained relationship with his manager Luis Enrique. Goal.com reported on Wednesday that the manager told the board that he and the Argentine attacker can no longer work together.
Brown reported that Messi is "at war" with Ernique, a situation that will trigger the departure from the club of either the two men. However the relationship between the two had cooled down at the end of the year.
As reported by goal.com, it later became tense on January 2 during an argument when Messi returned to training with Barca after his holidays in South America.
Rumours about Messi departure heated up when Luis Enrique dropped him during FC Barcelona`s defeat against Real Sociedad. "A strange decision after the player was well rested during La Liga`s winter break", as reported by Nick Akerman in his Bleacher report`s column.
Messi went on and missed training on Monday. It caused a stir when it was suggested by Rajvir Rai of the Mail Online that the Argentinean #Football star followed Chelsea Instagram page. This situation is one of the sign revealing that the Argentine attacker is considering his future at the club.
Another factor that can lead Messi to exit the Camp Nou is the recent sacking of Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta. One hour after the announcement of his sucking news, the former Barca captain Carlos Puyol said that he was also leaving his sport management post at the Spanish giant. The 36-year old legend wrote on his Face Book page that he decided to end his working relationship with FC Barcelona.
Puyol was Messi long time captain during one of FC Barcelona most successful period but retired later as a result of knee injury during 2013-2014 campaign season.
The only scenario that can keep Lionel Messi at Camp Nou is his reportedly promise to Tito Vilanova at his deathbed. Lionel Messi might have promised former Barca coach that he will remain at the club as long as possible according to former Blaugrana assistant coach Henk ten Cate.
"As far as I know, these problems all started two years ago. Messi is only still at Barcelona because he promised it to Tito Villanova at his deathbed." Ten Cate is of the mind that Messi transfer would be in "everybody` interests". He argues that the Argentinean star has been at Barcelona for quite a long time and that he needs a new challenge.
He believes that Messi is still worth a lot of money but that his value might start going down from now on. Ten Cate was quoted by Nick as saying that he want to be supportive vis-a-vis Lionel Messi because he has been on another level for 10 years. "But I am not sure he will get back to his best".
Leaving a club he has been playing for since the age of 13 is not a probable scenario for many football fans by now. But many indications reported in various media point out that it can be possible in the near future.
Although Messi is emotionally attached to a club that raised him since he left his home country back in 2000`s, the reported "poisonous" situation at Camp Nou can potentially force his move to North London.