Supporters of Chelsea and Manchester City will be hoping against hope that the most awe-inspiring deadline day move of all time could be in the offing.
The whereabouts of none other than Lionel Messi are unknown on this, the most hyperbolic of footballing days, after the maestro missed Barcelona training.
According to Marca the four-time Ballon d’Or winner was absent for ‘personal reasons’ although the exact cause of his absence was undisclosed.
Messi’s unhappiness under Luis Enrique has been widely discussed this season, with an earth-shatteringly expensive move to either Stamford Bridge or the Etihad seemingly far less impossible than it once did.
However, while Messi’s absence from training may regulars at both grounds hoping against hope the bwin layers go a discouraging 33/1 about him signing off on a deadline deal that would shock the football world’s very foundations.