SEADUCTION Lionel Messi to Chelsea: Blues to join Manchester City in race for Barcelona star after father Jorge holds talks on Roman Abramovich’s yacht

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 02: Lionel Messi leaves the courthouse followed by his father Jorge Horacio Messi (2nd R) and his brother Rodrigo Messi (R) on June 2, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. Lionel Messi and his father Jorge Messi, who manages his financial affairs, are accused of defrauding the Spanish Tax Agency of 4.1 million Euros ($4.6 million, £3.2 million) by using companies based in tax havens such as Belize and Uruguay to conceal earnings from image rights during years 2007 to 2009. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

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CHELSEA will join Manchester City in the chase for Lionel Messi if the superstar gives any indication he might quit Barcelona.

Messi was sentenced to 21 months jail for tax fraud but is not expected to do any time because prison terms of less than two years in Spain can be served under probation.

Barca immediately issued a statement supporting their player but Messi is known to feel that the club could have been more supportive during the case.

Messi believes Barcelona should have been more supportive during the case

Messi believes Barcelona should have been more supportive during the case

The fee for Messi would smash the £100million mark and SunSport understands that Messi’s father, who represents his superstar son, has met with Blues’ owner Roman Abramovich.

The meeting is believed to have taken place in the last ten days on Abramovich’s personal superyacht, the Eclipse.

Roman Abramovich hosted Messi’s father Jorge on his super yacht

Roman Abramovich hosted Messi’s father Jorge on his super yacht

The Eclipse is the world’s second largest yacht and was built at a cost of £1.5billion

The Eclipse is the world’s second largest yacht and was built at a cost of £1.5billion

Chelsea chiefs have been monitoring the tax fraud case which saw both Leo and his father convicted.

Between them, Messi and his dad have been ordered to pay just under £3million in fines and the family feel victimised by Spanish authorities.

The Stamford Bridge club were alerted to the possibility that Messi could leave Barca over the tax case and the club’s failure to offer a new contract.

Negotiations were initiated on the basis that if the 29-year-old decided he’d had enough then Chelsea would be in pole position to capitalise.

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