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REVEALED: adidas encouraged Chelsea to bid for Messi

Chelsea could've brought Lionel Messi to England this season, it has been revealed.El Mundo Deportivo says Barcelona star Messi could have signed for Chelsea in the summer after adidas offered to pay half of his £210million buy-out clause.

Messi's representatives were made aware of adidas' proposal and that they then informed the club, who were also told he had no intention of leaving the club.

Even if adidas had stumped up the £105m, Chelsea would still have had to find the other £105m and manager Jose Mourinho would have had to convince a player with whom he has never had a very good relationship that the two could work together.

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