The future of Lionel Messi at Barcelona has been thrown into doubt after reports of a fallout between the player and head coach Luis Enrique.
Enrique’s position is not thought to be under threat despite reports of a confrontation between Messi and Barca’s board over the authoritarian approach of the club’s former midfielder.
Messi missed training on Monday due to an upset stomach but remains linked in Spain with a summer move to Chelsea, Manchester City or Paris St-Germain.
The front page of Spanish newspaper Marca Tuesday highlighted Messi’s apparent discontent and sparked speculation of a possible move by Messi to Chelsea.
The rumours add to the general air of turbulence at Barca, who sacked Andoni Zubizarreta as their sporting director.
Carles Puyol quit as his assistant on Monday, less than 24 hours after a shock defeat to David Moyes’s Real Sociedad.
Barcelona are not allowed to do business in the transfer market until 2016 after the Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed an appeal against the Fifa ban imposed on them in April for breaching rules on signing players aged under 18.