Unstoppable? How Chelsea could look with Lionel Messi

first_imgRumours have begun to swirl surrounding Lionel Messi’s discontent at Barcelona and. thanks to a few taps on his smart phone, a switch to Chelsea has even been suggested.It seems unthinkable the Argentine would leave Barcelona other than for, perhaps, a final flourish with Newell’s Old Boys, the side where he began his incredible career.But his alleged unhappiness at the Nou Camp under Luis Enrique is likely to have been exacerbated when he started on the bench for the La Liga side’s 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad.Missing out on the club’s annual opening training session on Monday further underlined questions surrounding his future, while Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and his assistant Carles Puyol are both no longer with the club.Meanwhile Messi following both Chelsea and then their Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis on Instagram has fanned the flames.Such a move would clearly set Blues owner Roman Abramovich back plenty of roubles, but if the club can balance the books and appease UEFA’s financial fair play rules it might not be beyond the realms of possibility.But with the Chelsea currently leading the Premier League, although only on alphabetical order, just where would Messi play under Jose Mourinho? talkSPORT has a bit of fun speculating… 1 Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi last_img read more

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