Before the latest breakthrough in the Lionel Messi negotiations, Paris Saint-Germain were anxious about Chelsea’s interest in the former Barcelona star, The Athletic claims.
A rumor spread internally at the French club that the Blues had made a late approach to Leo’s family.
As a result, PSG were afraid not only of a potential failure to sign the Argentinian but also that his demands would rise if Roman Abramovich made a more attractive offer.
However, senior sources at Chelsea have denied ever making an approach, contrary to what Spanish outlets claimed.
The Blues are now focused on completing the deal for Romelu Lukaku who is due to undergo medical in the next hours.
As for Messi, he’s expected to join PSG soon. And according to The Athletic, he’ll sign a €25 million-per-year contract that will be effective for two years.