Lionel Messi to Chelsea: Frank Lampard claim made, transfer request and Barcelona’s asking price

It has been an exciting summer for Chelsea.

The Blues have wasted no time in adding to their squad during the summer transfer window, with the early captures of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner from Ajax and RB Leipzig respectively.

It now seems as if Frank Lampard’s side are closing in on three more signings, with Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva all closing in on a move to Stamford Bridge ahead of the new season.

But there is another name who has been linked to Chelsea that would cause eyes around the world to be locked on Stamford Bridge next season should they pull it off.

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Six-time Ballon D’or winner Lionel Messi has asked to leave Barcelona, with the Blues one of the clubs in the queue for the Argentinian.

So, here is everything we know about a potential move to Chelsea for Lionel Messi.

Transfer request

Barcelona have confirmed that the Argentinian has asked to move away from the Nou Camp this summer, after 16 years in the first team at the club.

The 33-year old is said to have sent a fax to the club saying that he immediately wants to exercise a clause in his contract that allows him to leave for free this summer.

However, Barcelona believe that the clause has expired, meaning that the club could demand a fee for the forward.

That means that there now could be a legal battle between the player and the club.

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Chelsea claim

After the news of Messi’s desire broke, former Premier League defender Rio Ferdinand sent a message that would have certainly caught the eyes of Blues fans.

Ferdinand appeared to confirm Chelsea’s interest in the player with a message on social media.

“Just heard Frank Lampard is now in for Messi,” he Tweeted. “Some window in Lamps pulls this off!”

Asking price

With Barcelona adamant that they would be due a transfer fee for Messi should he…


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