Chelsea have emerged as leading contenders to sign Zenit St Petersburg and Russia star Andrei Arshavin.
The 27-year-old is a target for several of Europe's top clubs, having made known his desire to leave his homeland after impressing at Euro 2008, with Barcelona his preferred destination.
However, Zenit officials have confirmed that the Blues could step in to land Arshavin.
Spokesman Konstantin Sarsania told the Daily Star: "On Thursday, players from the national team return to our training camp.
"Arshavin and his agent, Pavel Andreev, are to clarify their position with us then.
"We do not want to sell Arshavin. That's exactly why we need Andrei to meet the bosses of the club, to understand what he is really after.
"My understanding was that he would like to go and play abroad, but he isn't only interested in moving to Barcelona.
"There's also Chelsea. Andrei never rejected the idea of moving there. The Chelsea bosses know the situation and have already talked to his agent."