Barcelona are ready to axe their coach Luis Enrique in order to keep Lionel Messi at the club as the fuelled between the player and coach continue to gather momentum.
Reports from Spain claim the duo had a training ground bust-up that saw Brazilian Neymar coming to separate the pair.
Messi was subsequently left on the bench in the game against Real Soceidad last week a game the Blaugrana lost with Messi showing no desire and enthusiasm to play when he was brought on at half time.
Messi missing training after the game and his subsequent following of Chelsea’s official account on Instagram further raised speculations the player could be set for a move away from Catalunya with Chelsea the likely destination.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is believed to be a huge admirer of the four-time Balon d’or winner and would do anything to have him at Chelsea.
Messi has therefore been constantly linked to Chelsea after the incidence with the Blues reportedly ready to meet the £200million buy-out clause on his contract.
Messi have also been told that Chelsea are ready to offer him a mouth watering six years contract while also willing to meet all of his wage demands which will cost an additional £250million for the six years.
Barcelona are however, ready to keep their man and will do anything to see him end his career at Nou Camp even if it means sacking their coach Luis Enrique.
Messi is also believed to have given the club hierarchy an ultimatum to get rid of the manager if he must continue his career with the Catalan side.
Power tussle between player and coach has become a regular scene in football these days especially in big clubs. In most cases, who stays or leaves for the other is largely determined by the influence or power each individual wield at the club.
The Barcelona team in recent years has been built around the diminutive Argentine striker and it’s no surprise how much influence and power he controls at the club. Though Luis Enrique- a former player and legend of Barcelona, there is no doubt Messi commands greater influence at the club presently and the club will go his direction if a decision must be taken.
Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has also voiced his full support for the 27-year-old and its only a matter of time before a decision be taken as to what becomes the fate of coach Enrique.
Chelsea will be waiting to take advantage of the current situation to lure the four-time ballon d’or winner to Stamford Bridge and Messi could be willing to move if his situation with the coach lingers on.
The prospect of joining his boy hood friend Cesc Fabregas could also play a role as he is believed to have been angry at the club for letting his best friends Cesc Fabregas and Jose Manuel Pinto leave the club in the summer.