The Stamford Bridge club have been linked with a £200 million move for Messi, with the the Argentine having apparently fallen out with Barca coach Luis Enrique.
But last night, Chelsea assistant manager Steve Holland said it was unlikely there would be any arrivals or departures from Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window.
Holland, whose side face Newcastle at home tomorrow, said: “It’s not a decision I would
“But under Financial Fair Play rules, many players have been sold to balance the books here. That has been the case in the last 12
“When you see the numbers that have been mentioned around the Messi deal I would think it looks impossible under FFP.
“The manager has made it clear in this window that nobody leaves and nobody goes.
He said a similar thing at this time last year, but a few things happened that meant we had to be reactive. Manchester United made a huge offer for Juan Mata. And we had an offer for Kevin De Bruyne.
Jose was happy to keep them. But sometimes you have to react. But
the hope and expectation is that nobody comes or leaves.”
Bundisliga club Wolfsburg though have made a £23m offer for German forward Andre Schurrle, but Holland said: “If an offer came in that was appropriate I’m sure the club would make the appropriate decision.”
Blues manager Mourinho is set to appeal against his FA misconduct charge for claiming that there is a campaign against Chelsea over diving.