Lionel Messi may have been with Barcelona for well over a decade impressively, but he has finally confirmed his desire to follow in the footsteps of his former team mate, Cesc Fabregas, by completing a move to Chelsea in the summer, reports the Daily Express.
We know that Blues owner Roman Abramovich likes to splash the cash, but even £200 million hasn't given him a sour taste over arguably the world's best player, Lionel Messi.
With countless La Liga titles and Champions League winners medals to his name, the Argentine would be the icing on the cake for Chelsea, who even without him look unbeatable. As the 27-year-old has previously been linked to both Manchester City and United as well as Arsenal, but hearts are about to be broken as a move to Stamford Bridge is gaining pace slowly but surely.
Hinting at possible uncertainty concerning his future, speaking to the press on Thursday, the Argentine announced " Today I live in the present. I want to make a great year and win titles with Barcelona." But the Argentine never mentioned a future after this year which could possibly lead you to believe that a move away from the Nou Camp could eventually happen.
The 27-year-old then laughed as he stated "football has many twists and turns, so we shall see."
With an irresistible 253 goals in 289 games for the Catalan club, Jose Mourinho can only try to lure Messi with awe to Stamford Bridge as a switch edges ever closer.
As far as his international career is concerned, 45 goals in 96 appearances for Argentina give a false profile on his sheer quality.
In the space of just three days, Messi broke two huge records. Firstly, he became the La Liga's all-time top goalscorer with a hat-trick against Sevilla, whilst he took the same record, but for the Champions League on Tuesday night with yet another match ball winning performance against APOEL.
With his key ambitions achieved, the Argentine is more than willing to listen to offers from other clubs, but prizing him away from Barcelona may be easier said than done. With 11 years of hard work and broken records, Messi will certainly show reluctance to board the plane to Heathrow airport.