Premier league trio, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are said to be on red alert over the potential availability of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
Reports emanating from Spain claims that the four time Ballon d’or winner will consider his options because of ongoing disputes with Spanish authorities over his alleged tax avoidance.
The BBC reports that the Judge in charge of the tax fraud case rejected the request by prosecutors to drop the charges against the Argentine born striker. Messi and his father are accused of defrauding Spain of more than 4 million euros which they denied any wrong doing.
The Guardian reported in January that Catalan giants, Barcelona could demand that the £195million in his contract be paid in full by any club who wants to sign the Argentine forward.
City are reportedly considering the possibility of a bid for the Argentine international but the daily express claims Manchester City will struggle to generate enough cash to lure the forward to the Etihad.
Manchester United are under no financial restrictions and executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward has said the club will not hesitate to break the world record transfer fee if the need arises.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly made enquiries about Lionel Messi this year and the blues hope to use the Argentine’s good friend Cesc Fabregas who joined the club last year to lure him to England. Fabregas wife is also said to be a good friend of Messi’s spouse and the blues are hoping the Family connection will help lure the player to Stamford Bridge.
The Argentine signed a five year deal with Barcelona last May worth £16.3 million a season, meaning any potential deal could cost as much as £275 million for the Premier League trio.