Spanish football expert Graham Hunter is not convinced Lionel Messi wants to leave Barcelona despite ongoing speculation that he is unhappy at the Nou Camp.
Various reports have suggested that the Argentinian has fallen out with current Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and is seeking crunch talks over his future at the club. Chelsea are interested while PSG have also been linked with what would surely be a world-record transfer.
With Uefa's financial fair play regulations, it is unlikely that any club in the world could afford the pay Messi's £200 million release clause without incurring massive penalties from the European chiefs. However, the chance to sign Messi will be one few chairman are likely to turn down, especially one as gung-ho as Roman Abramovich.
But while a transfer is looking more likely than ever, Messi has failed to convince Hunter that he actually wants to leave Barcelona. The prominent football pundit took to Twitter to give his two pennies on the situation.
He said: "Lots of questions about #Messi & #Chelsea. Good luck to CFC if they want to try. Fair enough. Not convinced, yet, that Messi wants to leave."
Chelsea move on the cards
Chelsea are one of the few clubs who could conceivably make a transfer for Messi happen. Abramovich has reportedly told Jose Mourinho he is willing to put £200 million into a marquee signing in 2015, hinting at a move for the four-time Ballon d'Or winner.
Messi has also reportedly shown a desire to link back up with his long-time friend Cesc Fabregas, who completed his move to Stamford Bridge in the summer. The midfielder has impressed since joining the Blues and could help to coax Messi to west London.