How Chelsea could line up with Lionel Messi amid ‘interest’ – plus three more signings

Chelsea have been linked with Lionel Messi by Catalan newspaper Sport, who say the Blues are interested in signing the Argentina international. While that’s unlikely, fans would no doubt relish the chance to welcome the 33-year-old to Stamford Bridge. So Express Sport will now put on our fantasy goggles and look at how Chelsea could line up with the Barcelona star in their starting XI – as well as three more signings.

Lionel Messi

Obviously, Chelsea signing Messi from Barcelona seems far-fetched – to say the last.

But if he were to make a sensational move to the English capital, the Argentina international would be capable of playing anywhere.

With that in mind, it’s therefore possible that Messi would be deployed behind Timo Werner at the tip of Lampard’s attack.

Chelsea want to sign Kai Havertz but you get the sense that, if Messi were available, they’d pick the Barcelona star every day of the week.

So Messi could play behind Werner and would be able to create chances for Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic either side of Frank Lampard’s attack.

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Jose Gimenez

According to recent reports, Chelsea have made a substantial breakthrough when it comes to landing Atletico Madrid star Jose Gimenez.

The Uruguay international recently talked up the Blues, saying: “I would have liked to play with Lampard.

“I always used to watch Chelsea as a kid, loved them.”

Chelsea have seen their defenders struggle this season and, therefore, could be set to bring the Atletico star to west London.

He’d fit in well at centre-back and is easily an upgrade on anything Lampard currently has at his disposal.

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Thiago Silva

Chelsea are closing in on Paris Saint-Germain star Thiago Silva, who is expected to seal a move to the capital after Sunday’s Champions League final.

And it’s possible he will move to west London and play alongside Gimenez at the back.

The veteran is approaching the twilight years of his career at the age of 35.

But Silva has shown with his classy performances with PSG that he’s still got what it takes to play at the highest level.

And, if he joins, he’d be able to offer experience and composure to the Chelsea backline.

Ben Chilwell

Another player Chelsea are keen on is Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell.

The Blues have been hunting an upgrade on Marcos Alonso, who has struggled for consistency since Lampard’s arrival.

And he could complete Chelsea’s new look back four.

Leicester want big money to part with the 23-year-old but Chelsea are expected to stump up the cash.

Full Chelsea XI with Messi and more: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Gimenez, Silva, Chilwell, Kovacic, Kante, Ziyech, Messi, Pulisic, Werner

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