This summer time isn’t the primary time Leo Messi has tried to depart Camp Nou. Six years in the past, Mourinho had agreed phrases just for the participant’s father to scupper the deal.
Leo Messi’s try to depart Barcelona this summer time was well-documented however got here to nothing largely because of a possible authorized wrangle over the small matter of his €700m launch clause regardless of inevitable curiosity from throughout Europe, most notably from Manchester Metropolis, PSG and Inter Milan.
Nevertheless, in line with Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzo, Messi was on the verge of leaving Camp Nou in 2014 after a season during which the Azulgrana didn’t win a significant trophy beneath Gerardo Martino, who delivered the Spanish Tremendous Cup in the beginning of the marketing campaign. Atlético pipped Barça to the league title on the ultimate day of the season and likewise knocked Messi and co out of the Champions League whereas Actual Madrid have been victorious within the Copa del Rey remaining.
Mourinho wooed Messi for Chelsea
In a brand new e book, Di Marzio claims to inform the story of the largest switch tales that by no means made the again pages and chief amongst them is an settlement apparently made between Messi and José Mourinho for the Argentinean celebrity to hitch forces together with his outdated foe at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have been prepared to activate Messi’s launch clause, which then stood at €250m, and decide to an annual wage of €50m to land the Barcelona ahead. In accordance with Di Marzio, a video name between Messi and Mourinho led to a verbal settlement between participant and supervisor and the “largest switch story by no means advised.”
However the transfer didn’t materialize as a result of opposition of the participant’s father, Jorge Messi, and the recommendation of former Barcelona and Chelsea midfielder Deco.
Di Marzio additionally claims that Florentino Pérez had tried to tempt Messi to signal for Actual Madrid a 12 months earlier in 2013 however that the Argentina captain flatly refused any negotiation with Barcelona’s arch-rivals.