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Leo Messi will cost Chelsea or Man City £500m.

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Barcelona superstar Leo Messi was back to his best, albeit against poor opposition on Thursday evening.

The Catalan giants saw off Elche 5-0 in the Copa del Rey and Messi, after having a big hand in the first goal, grabbed one goal and two fine assists.

Nevertheless, Messi is still being linked with a move to England with Chelsea and Manchester City in the race, according to Friday’s Sun.

The Currant Bun claim that Messi will cost 500 million pounds to prise away from Barcelona, even if he does want to leave the Catalan giants.

This is presumably taking into account a transfer fee of around 200 million pounds in a transfer fee to Barcelona and then the rest in wages and bonuses.

Sun scribe Antony Kastrinakis, far from the most reliable journalist, suggests that Messi would “listen” to offers and that the Argentine is “fed up” at the Nou Camp.

With fees like 500 million pounds bandied about, it seems likely that only a few clubs in world football can afford such a fee – probably only Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Chelsea and Manchester City may be wealthy but they still have to abide by FFP rules.

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