Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has played down the speculation, which has suggested Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is a target for the club.
Plenty of reports from Spain have detailed a breakdown in relationship between Messi and his current manager Luis Enrique, which has created stories that the Blues could pay his £200 million buy-out clause to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
However, Fabregas, who played with Messi at Barcelona, has suggested that the situation surrounding the Argentine has been blown out of proportion.
“His situation has been made out to be worse than it really is. Messi is happy at Barcelona and the club's happy with him,” he told Onda Cero.
“Leo will do whatever makes him happy. As his friend and former team-mate, it would be great if I get the chance to play with him again.”
“I don't really know Luis Enrique. I know Messi, though, and I really doubt that the things people say happened really did happen. Leo is a quiet guy and I have never seen anything like that during the three years we were team-mates.”
Chelsea would be an obvious choice for Messi if he did leave Barcelona because of Fabregas and the club’s manager Jose Mourinho, who is experienced in how to deal with high profile players.
However, the fee is something that Chelsea would have struggled with despite their obvious resources.
A £200 million fee for a player would put Chelsea in a very difficult position with regards to Financial Fair Play rules, which would have them hampered them in terms of the players they needed in other positions.
It’s been a topic that Mourinho has been very clear over and Fabregas seems to be taking a common sense approach and pouring cold water on the rumours before they go even further.