Chelsea manager Roman Abramovich has joined the battle for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
Messi was released by Barcelona on Thursday with an astonishing decision.
AS says Chelsea are now well in the race to sign Messi.
The report states the Blues are keen to continue their pursuit of £100m-rated Romelu Lukaku as well as a move for the Argentine.
Messi is expected to command wages of at least £500,000 a week, having been on over £1m at the Nou Camp before his proposed wage cut.
But Chelsea owner Abramovich is claimed to be wanting to arrange a meeting with Messi’s team sooner rather than later.
The Russian billionaire knows he faces a huge ask to beat PSG to the punch, though.
PSG had been in for Messi last year after it became clear the Nou Camp icon wanted to leave.