Man Utd set aside huge nine-figure sum, two players for Messi swoop

Date published: Tuesday 7th July 2020 10:59

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Manchester United are willing to offer £110million and “one or two players” should Lionel Messi decide to leave Barcelona this summer, according to a report.

Reports claim Messi’s relationship with Barca is under strain this season, after a seemingly unsuccessful defence of the La Liga title.

Indeed, Messi took issue with Eric Abidal in February after the sporting director’s criticism of players’ commitment under former boss Luis Enrique.

What’s more, public criticism of Antoione Griezmann has reportedly frustrated the forward further.

As such, Messi has reportedly decided to call off contract talks with Barca, with his current deal expiring next summer.

According to Argentina-based Varsky Sports, United are willing to make a serious bid for the 33-year-old.

The Red Devils are reportedly considering offering €120million and one or two players. However, the report does not make clear which stars United could offload.

Paris Saint-Germain are also in the hunt, the source says, and they would also offer one or two stars in a deal.

 

However, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has banished claims that Messi could cut ties with Barca.

He told Movistar (via BBC Sport): “We are negotiating with many players but Messi has explained to us he wants to stay.

“And so we’re going to enjoy him for much longer.”

Messi has enjoyed another impressive season in front of goal, scoring 24 goals and assisting 27 others.

Overall, he has netted 630 times in 725 Barca appearances.

MAN UTD’S MORE REALISTIC TARGET?

Elsewhere, reports in the past several months have claimed United are keen on Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

The 20-year-old England international recently finished his most productive season to date, scoring 20 times and notching 20 further assists.

United are reportedly only willing to pay a maximum of £50million for Sancho. Dortmund, however, are holding out for £100million despite a sharp fall in revenues due to the pandemic.

READ MORE: Sancho tipped to lead exciting Man Utd spending plans

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