Chelsea and Manchester City are among several clubs on high alert following a breakthrough regarding Lionel Messi’s future.
The two English clubs are reportedly already are on high alert having made initial contact with the 34-year-old, report the Sun.
However, now having heard what Javier Tebas, the President of La Liga, has said regarding Messi’s future, the leading clubs across Europe will be undoubtedly getting their calculators out, devising whether an offer is financially tangible or not.
Speaking to Spanish TV programme, Jugones of la Sexta (via Mundo Deportivo), Tebas claimed that he is unsure as to whether the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will be able to start the forthcoming season at Camp Nou due to the financial fair play restrictions.
Tebas said: “I do not know if Messi will start the League with Barcelona. If there are no exits, it is impossible.”
The Spanish Football Association President continued as he explained the details behind why Messi may find himself entertaining offers from clubs like Chelsea and City.
“One thing is to exceed the salary limit and another that they can incorporate or renew players with the 1×4 rule,” said Tebas. “Every four euros they save, one euro can be incorporated.”
The Argentinian’s three-year bumper contract at Barcelona expired on 30th June following the Catalan side’s financial restraints whereby they are required to reduce their wage bill by €200,000, reports Zach Lowy on Twitter (@ZachLowy).
There are reports in England Arsenal have submitted a third offer to sign Brighton centre-back Ben White worth £54 million.
Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have also registered their interest in signing White but have yet to submit an offer.
The Gunners have already seen their opening two offers for the 23-year-old rejected by Brighton, including one worth £42m up front plus a further £4m in add-ons.
Everton have also entered the race to sign White and have indicated that they are willing to better Arsenal’s bid by offering a guaranteed £50m as well as an additional £5m in bonus payments.
According to the Transfer Window Podcast, as cited by by the Metro, Arsenal have now revised their offer and their third bid consists of a guaranteed payment upfront of £48m, plus another £6m in performance-related add-ons which the Gunners consider ‘achievable’.
Brighton, who are demanding a minimum of £50m for White, are yet to respond to Arsenal’s improved bid, which was submitted this week.
The report also claims that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is personally driving the club’s push to sign White as he views the England international as a ‘future captain’ for the Gunners.