Chelsea cool Messi talk
Chelsea assistant manager Steve Holland on Friday distanced the Premier League giants from a move for Barcelona's Argentina star Lionel Messi.
The Stamford Bridge club have been linked with an approach for Messi whose future in Spain has been thrown into doubt because of a breakdown in relations with Barca coach Luis Enrique.
The four-times world player of the year has a £200 million ($302m) buy-out clause in his contract with the La Liga club.
But his wage demands mean that any move for the player would require a total outlay of around £500 million ($756m).
Chelsea are one of the few clubs believed to have the resources to fund a deal of that size, but Holland believes Financial Fair Play regulations would prohibit a move.
And Holland insists Blues manager Jose Mourinho has no intention of making changes to his playing squad during the current transfer window.
Mourinho did not attend Friday's routine press conference after being charged with misconduct by the Football Association.
And Holland said: "With Financial Fair Play, many players have been sold to balance the books. That has been the case in the last 12 months.
"But when you see the numbers that have been mentioned around the Messi deal I would think it looks impossible under Financial Fair Play."
He added: "I think he has made it clear in this window nobody leaves, nobody goes.
"I recall he said a similar thing at this time last year and a few things happened that meant we had to be reactive. Manchester United made a huge offer for Juan Mata and there was 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."
Mourinho will take charge of his side against Newcastle this weekend, 48 hours after being hit with a FA misconduct charge for comments he made in the wake of his side's draw at Southampton.
The Chelsea manager condemned referee Anthony Taylor's display after midfielder Cesc Fabregas was booked for diving when television replays showed the player was fouled inside the Southampton penalty area.