Erick Thohir says Inter is willing to sign players of Lionel Messi's caliber, as long as it is not detrimental to the team's finances.
The Indonesian, who acquired a majority stake in the Nerazzurri in 2013, had already joked about bringing the four-time Ballon d'Or-winning Barcelona forward to San Siro since taking over Massimo Moratti's role as chief.
Although Thohir says Inter is unlikely to make any major January moves due to the length and timing of the transfer window, he has pandered to supporters by suggesting that top footballers are within the Serie A side's reach.
"Players like Messi can be bought," he told Republika Online. "But only on the condition that the club's finances are not affected.
"In January, though, it will be difficult to recruit new players because the window is so narrow and there's only half a season left to play."
Walter Mazzarri's Inter side travels to Genoa on Sunday.