Chelsea clear to sign £200m Lionel Messi as rivals Bayern Munich and Man City exit transfer race.

Chelsea have moved a step closer to signing Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi after two of their main rivals for a deal pulled out, UK’s Metro reports via the Express.

The Blues are among the front-runners to sign Messi, who looks increasingly likely to be departing Barca in the coming months, with his agent and father hinting a switch.

Manchester City were also in the hunt, but Manuel Pellegrini has now denied interest, calling the talk ‘rumours’, while Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has also ruled out a move, telling reporters he wants Messi to ‘stay at Barca for life’.
Both City and Bayern were seen as Chelsea’s main rivals to a deal, but Chelsea are now clear to go and sign the £200million man without that competition.