Transfer Balls: Chelsea and that £1bn move for Lionel Messi
Transfer Balls: The Daily Express is the apogee of all football drivel. Today the paper links Cheslea with Lionel Messi, the Barcalona megastar. The headline declares:
You never know! Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho talks £200m Lionel Messi bid
But hold on. What did Mourinho actually say? Before we get to know, the Express tells readers:
The Argentina international was linked with a £200m switch to Stamford Bridge earlier in the season, with the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City also keen on securing his services.
Chief among news sources linking Messi to Cheslea was the Daily Express, with no fewer than four more stories on that £200m move:
After five £200m stories – that’s a £1bn Transfer – finally, we get to hear what Mourinho said on Italian TV:
“I think it’s difficult [for Messi to leave]. I have a feeling that Messi will always be Barca. I may be wrong, in football you never know what will happen tomorrow, but I do not see a player of this size out of that club.
Such are the facts…
“But, as I say, I may be wrong.”