Chelsea have been offered renewed hope of signing Leo Messi, Neymar or Luis Suarez after Barcelona's economic vice-president Javier Faus conceded the Catalan club could be forced to sell one of their star players this summer.
The Camp Nou chief admitted that the Premier League champions can offer better wages than what is available at Barca, which could see Luis Enrique's impressive attacking triumvirate split up after just one season.
Messi, Neymar and Suarez have scored over 100 goals between them this campaign to push Barcelona towards a domestic and European treble.
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However, the financial firepower of rival suitors across the continent could have negative repercussions and contribute towards the break-up of this brilliant team.
"We can no longer pay the most in terms of wages," he was quoted by the Daily Mail from an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt. "That's now Chelsea and PSG.
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"You have to understand that players [in Spain] always compare their net pay to those of the Premier League or the Bundesliga, who have pushed costs up dramatically.
"It will be a challenge but we want to avoid letting Messi, Neymar or Suarez go. But if a club has the potential to take them away because of their chequebook, then they will go.
"The players have a very short career and are entitled to charge what other clubs can pay for their services."
Jose Mourinho has been heavily linked with a bid to bring Messi to Stamford Bridge in the past, and he'll no doubt be encouraged by these latest comments ahead of the summer transfer window.
Cech in talks with other clubs
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has been given permission to begin negotiations with other clubs interested in acquiring his services this summer, according to his agent Viktor Kolar.
The 32-year-old is expected to depart Stamford Bridge after 11 years in west London, as he looks to secure more regular first-team football following the emergence of Thibaut Courtois as the Blues' new No.1 stopper.
Nathan pleased to join Chelsea
Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Atletico Paranaense midfielder Nathan, who is set to formally join the west London club on July 1.
The Blues announced on their official website on Thursday afternoon that they've reached agreement with the Brazilian club over a transfer fee, allowing the 19-year-old to put pen to paper on a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge.
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