Man Utd have taken their first steps toward bringing Lionel Messi to Old Trafford after a credible journalist reported the club had ‘contacted Messi’s father’.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has spent his entire trophy-laden career with Barcelona.
But amid impending upheaval after the club’s first major trophyless season since 2008, things could be about to change.
Manager Quique Setien was axed following the club’s 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
The biggest bombshell was dropped by Messi, however, when the Argentine announced his intentions to leave the club.
Only a handful of elite clubs can display the financial might it would take to bring Messi on board. Two of them are in Manchester.
Spanish reports claimed Man City would be his preferred destination to link up with Pep Guardiola.
But credible journalist Tancredi Palmeri has pointed towards the red half of Manchester as to where his future may lay.
Palmeri tweeted that ‘Manchester United have contacted Messi’s father’ as the club begin to weigh up an approach.
With Man Utd’s hopes of landing long-time target Jadon Sancho seemingly dwindling by the day, a move for Messi could be seen as an incredibly viable alternative.
Fernandes and Solskjaer rift emerging?
Bruno Fernandes has revealed that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told him to change one key aspect of his game.
The Portuguese midfielder impressed in the second half of last season after joining United from Sporting Lisbon for £46.6million.
His form inspired the Red Devils’ charge into the Champions League places. They won nine and drew five of their 14 games with Fernandes in the side.
He has received plenty of praise for the impact he made, with many now tipping him to make United title challengers once again.
However, his coach Solskjaer has identified one area of his game that he needs to improve upon next term.