Chelsea ready to table world-record transfer bid to beat Man City to El Clasico

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Updated: July 7, 2016

According to reports from The Sun, Chelsea will launch a world-record transfer bid for Barcelona star Lionel Messi if he decides to leave the Nou Camp.

The four-time Ballon d’Or winner was convicted for tax fraud earlier this week alongside his father Jorge, but will not serve jail time because his sentence was less than two years.

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It’s claimed the 29-year-old has been disappointed with the support he received from Barcelona during the court case, suggesting underlying tensions are growing at the Nou Camp.

Meanwhile, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is said to have held talks with Messi’s father within the last ten days regarding a potential transfer to Stamford Bridge.

It’s unknown how serious the discussions were but The Sun believe Chelsea are ready to table a transfer bid that would “smash the £100million mark” if there is any indication Messi will move on this summer.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the Blues will sign the iconic Argentine. Manchester City are also in the frame to swoop for the forward and now boast the added advantage of Pep Guardiola.

Messi emerged into a world-class force under the City boss at Barcelona and are almost certain to swoop for the El Clasico legend if he becomes available.