Marina Granovskaia's New Chelsea Policy Makes Club's Stance on Lionel Messi Transfer Even Clearer

Mudeet Arora
Jan 16, 2021, 7:40 PM GMT+5:30
Lionel Messi plans are being made by Chelsea director Marina
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Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has made the decision with regards to the club's transfer plans of brining Lionel Messi to Stamford Bridge once he leaves Barcelona at the end of the ongoing season.

Messi is arguably the biggest name who could become a free agent at the end of the season, unless he signs a new deal with the Catalan giants between now and June.

The Argentine maestro tried to leave Barcelona last summer but had to stay on as the club did not allow him to leave unless a club shelled out his £624m release clause.

However, Messi can leave for free this summer and has already been heavily linked with moves to Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

Chelsea, meanwhile, do have the financial power to go ahead and sign Messi if they want to but Marina's new policy could play a major role in deciding if the club would actually want to bring one of the greatest players of all time to Stamford Bridge.

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.

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.

Moving for Messi this summer would mean Marina would have to sacrifice the policy she instated at the club as Messi will be receiving atleast £500k-a-week, which he currently earns at Barcelona and it will be surprising if he agrees to take a pay-cut to join Chelsea.

Moreover, Marina would also have the conundrum of what happens to the squad harmony if she sacrifices the wage structure for one player, even if it was Lionel Messi.