Less than a week until Leo Messi’s Barcelona contract expires and he joins the free agent pool.
Chelsea’s wage structure stance means they were never likely to ever enter the race to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi on a free transfer this summer.
Lionel Messi is currently free to speak with Chelsea in regards to signing on a free transfer this summer.
The Barcelona superstar is arguably the biggest name who could become a free agent next week, unless he signs a new deal with the Catalan giants between now and June 30, 2021.
That scenario appears to be likely despite the fact that he handed in a transfer request last summer and wanted to exercise a clause in his contract which would have allowed him to leave for free.
Although that particular clause expired in June 2020 and Messi confirmed he would remain at Barcelona for the 2020/21 season as no club were able to pay his £624m release clause.
Fast forward a year and reports claim an announcement regarding Messi signing a two-year extension is imminent.
With that said, the 34-year-old would not have commanded a transfer fee if he did decide to leave Barca this summer amid links to Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
It almost goes without saying that Chelsea would have been interested in signing a player of Messi’s calibre.
However, that does not mean they would have tried to sign him this summer.
In fact, Marina Granovskaia’s stance makes the Blues’ Messi decision even easier to understand.
As reported by the Telegraph in 2015, upon being put in charge of Chelsea transfers, Granovskaia did not want to change the wage structure in place, with no player getting more than £200k-a-week.
That was bad news for Radamel Falcao at the time as he didn’t earn the same reported £265,000-a-week wage when on loan at Manchester United as he did during his loan spell with the Blues.
And the wage structure has remained in place to this day, with Sportek revealing that Ben Chilwell is Chelsea’s highest-paid player with a £190,000 weekly salary.