Chelsea is interested in the services of Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, reports, citing Spanish journalist Guillaume Balage.

Recall that Messi’s current contract with the Catalan club is active until next summer. In January, the 33-year-old Argentine footballer may begin negotiations with other clubs. It was reported that one of the main contenders for Messi is Manchester City.

Last summer, Messi tried to break the contract with the Catalan club prematurely. The striker came into conflict with management over dissatisfaction with the situation in the team. Still, in the end, he was persuaded to remain with Barcelona until the end of the current agreement.

This season Messi scored 3 goals in 8 matches of the Spanish Championship.