In 2013, Chelsea were just ‘a whisker away’ from signing Lionel Messi.
Messi had a contract situation at Barcelona and that caused other clubs to try and get him.
Mourinho went to the Chelsea board and asked Roman Abramovich to bring him Messi, or at least make an attempt to sign him.
Chelsea got in contact with Messi’s people and laid down a very lucrative offer. Mourinho himself even got involved and met personally with Messi on more than one occasion.
Chelsea knew they had a strong offer, and it was even a stronger offer than Manchester City. Messi chose to join Chelsea, and they thought they had got their man.
However, at the last second, Barcelona came back in with a massive offer and managed to convince Messi to extend and re-sign with them, and he made a U-turn on his decision.
Messi was fed up with Barcelona not supporting him during the tax issues he was facing, but they went big to convince him to stay.
Chelsea tried again before Messi went to PSG, but they simply could not compete with the offer they laid down.
There have been many Messi to Chelsea rumours over the years, but it seems like we genuinely pushed and did all we could to sign Messi, and got extremely close, closer than most people realise.
(A good source to @siphillips_sport)
Imagine Hazard, Costa and Messi as a front 3 and Fabregas in midfield. 🔥
What could have been. 🇦🇷🔵
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