Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti has claimed he could hold talks with Barcelona over the availability of Lionel Messi.
Messi is considered one of the best footballers on the planet having won numerous personal accolades including the Ballon d'Or in 2009.
The Argentina international has also played a key role in helping Barca lift four Spanish titles and the UEFA Champions League on two occasions.
Moratti is keen for Inter to add a world-class player to their squad, and has hinted the club may target Messi.
He told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "(Lionel) Messi? Everyone asks me to buy a strong player. He is the strongest of all. So I'm starting to ask me the question.
"And I still have not answered neither 'yes' nor 'no'. On Sunday, I jokingly said that I would bring Messi to Inter.
"But we could only really talk about it with Barcelona. Let's see what happens in the coming days."
However, Moratti ruled out an approach for Real Madrid's Kaka, who moved to Spain from Inter's rivals AC Milan.
He added: "Kaka is a Real Madrid player and we were never interested in him."