CESC Fabregas would be delighted to see Lionel Messi at Stamford Bridge but it will cost Roman Abramovich a money mountain to make it happen.
The former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder does not want to be tagged as a go between but he would welcome Messi to Stamford Bridge with open arms.
"I'm upset that they say that I could be mediating for Messi to come to Chelsea. How can I be talking about contracts. I'm only a footballer.
"He (Messi) will do what makes him happiest. Personally, as his friend, colleague and footballer, if you gave me the chance to play with him again, I would welcome it."
Chelsea have been linked with an audacious big-money swoop for Messi following claims in Spain this week that the 27-year-old's relationship with his Barca coach Luis Enrique has broken down.
Triggering his release clause and an appropriate salary package would top €600m. It is difficult to see how Chelsea or City, clubs under Uefa Financial Fair Play restrictions already, could fund such an enormous outlay.
Fabregas believes that ultimately, Messi will suit himself and that reports of a major bust-up between the world's best player and Barca coach Enrique have been exaggerated.
"I don't know Luis Enrique. I do know Leo and I doubt very much that what is being said is happening, because he's a very relaxed guy and I've never seen any of that in the three years we spent together. Messi is happy at Barca and they are happy with him," claimed Fabregas.
But continuing reports about unrest between Messi and some senior players at the Nou Camp followed by a missed training session Monday have added fuel to the fire, giving Jose Mourinho and other interested parties like Manchester City some encouragement that Messi might just be contemplating a change of scenery.