Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has set a target of this year for a £200 million move for Barcelona’s world class forward Lionel Messi.
The Blues chief is thought to be particularly keen to bring the four time Ballon D’Or winner to Stamford Bridge in the near future, despite the fact that manager Jose Mourinho has denied the possibility of that occurring.
The Portuguese boss told the press recently that Financial Fair Play regulations would stop the possibility of the Argentinian maestro moving to west London.
Reports in Spain have today suggested that the 27 year old is a particular target of Abramovich for the summer of 2015, according to the Daily Express.
However, part of that deal would be reliant on Mourinho capturing both the Premier League and Champions League crowns this season, in order to prove the viability of a move to Messi.
If that occurs, Chelsea are expected to make a £200 million move for the Barca forward.