Sportswear giant Adidas has denied it has offered to partially fund a move for Lionel Messi to join one of the clubs it sponsors.
Reports in Spain suggested that Adidas, one of Messi's main sponsors, was pushing for the Argentinian to join a club which it provides kits for in order to maximise its revenue.
According to El Mundo Deportivo, the German company were willing to pay half of Messi's €250 million release clause at Barcelona in order to help him move teams and also increase its own commercial contract with a club by 40 percent.
That prompted suggestions that he could be on his way to Chelsea to link up with Jose Mourinho, or could head to Germany to work under his former mentor Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.
Barcelona's fierce rivals Real Madrid were even touted as a potential destination.
According to the Spanish newspaper a move to either Chelsea, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid was put to Messi's representatives over the summer.
However Adidas have moved to dismiss the stories, and say they have no desire to get involved in the transfer market.
“The relationship of Adidas with one of its players is purely commercial," read a statement in L'Equipe. "Any sporting decision is between the player and his representatives.”
Despite the rumours it is highly unlikely Messi, who has been with Barcelona since 2004, would entertain a move away from the Nou Camp.
Recent reports suggested he was seeking a new deal at Barcelona that would put him on an even-footing with Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently signed a new deal with Real Madrid that's said to be worth €17 million-per-year.
However club president Sandro Rossell was quick to deny those claims.
"Does Ronaldo's renewal affect Messi's contract? Messi hasn't said anything to us," he said.
"He's happy here and he's at the best club in the world. No news is good news."
Another major flaw in the story is that the likes of Chelsea, Bayern or Madrid would still have to come up with around £105 million of their own to make the deal happen.
The Barcelona star would also likely be unwilling to join Chelsea because Mourinho once accused him of conspiring to get Asier Del Horno sent off in Chelsea's clash against Barcelona in 2006.
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