Chelsea have been given a huge boost in the race for Lionel Messi with the Barcelona star said to be considering offers to leave.

The Blues have been strongly linked with an incredible £200million deal to sign Messi in recent weeks, with claims in Spain that he change teams.

Jose Mourinho has played down the transfer talk, but Barca’s president candidate Agusti Benedito says the club have received offers for Messi – and they could sell him.

‘Messi has really big offers to leave and go to another country,’ he told Goal.com.

‘It seems the current board aren’t concerned with keeping him happy.

‘It would be a mistake to sell him – I think he’s waiting to see who will come in as president.’

The comments come amid suggestions that Messi is pushing to leave at the end of the season.

source: metro UK