According to latest reports, Chelsea have been given a major boost in their pursuit of Barcelona’s star player Lionel Messi. The player has been in Chelsea’s radar for some time after speculations during January transfer window.

The Argentine has never looked close to exit door at Camp Nou and bringing the player away from Barcelona is extremely difficult for any club as the player and club are externally bound.

But recently Barcelona vice-president Javier Faust has revealed that they would struggle to stop Messi if big clubs come in to the fray for his services as players in La Liga pay a huge tax in their wage which makes the clubs to pay more to keep hold on the player than the clubs in other leagues.

The Spanish government takes 45% of the player’s wages as taxes which means the player will receive nearly half of his wage offered by the club.

Faust said: “Today, we are no longer able to do that. Chelsea and PSG pay better. You have to understand: players always compare their net salary. What we pay here in Spain has the highest tax burdens in Europe.

“We have to increase our salaries greatly to still be competitive. So yes, we lose players just for the money.”

Will Messi move to Stamford Bridge cannot be answered but the London based club has the economic resources to bring the world star to London soon if they wish to.

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