The secret of Messi’s claim to Chelsea under Jose Mourinho in 2014 is revealed in the book “Grand Hotel Calciomercato” by Gianluca Di Marzio, a transfer news reporter currently working for Sky Sports.
The first time Lionel Messi publicly asked to leave Barca in August created a stream of information that shocked the football world during the transfer period of 2020. However, the past has seen this happen more than once, it is just that they are not made public on the news.
Before the release of a contract worth 700 million euros – the only lock to help President Josep Maria Bartomeu keep Messi in Barca this year, the same clause in the old contract at 250 million euros. And in 2014, Chelsea managed to unlock this lock, to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.
The story revealed by Gianluca Di Marzio in the latest book with a very long chapter. The Argentinian striker was promised a salary of 64.5 million euros a season, to create a deal that Di Marzio described as “the biggest secret ever revealed in the transfer world”. It stems from a Spanish court accusing Messi’s family of tax evasion in 2013, a problem that depressed the Argentinian superstar, considering playing in another country.
The excerpt below is the “heavenly secret” that Di Marzio mentioned, which revealed a conversation between Jose Mourinho with Messi, alongside the participation of father Messi, Mr. Jorge and Deco, former teammates in period 2004-2008 but also played for Chelsea from 2008-2010.
The deal failed at the last minute, which Di Marzio described as “shattering like a soap bubble”, despite Messi having agreed personal terms with Chelsea. Also in this chapter, Di Marzio confirmed that Real Madrid President Florentino Perez had prepared a sack of money to convince Messi to join Real a year before the meeting with Chelsea. But the Argentine striker refused, because he did not dare to become the second Luis Figo.