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Adidas desperate for Manchester United to sign Lionel Messi

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Adidas are ready to help Manchester United complete a world-record deal for Barcelona star Lionel Messi, reports the Daily Star.

The German sportswear giant is set to replace Nike as Manchester United's kit manufacturer next season in what will be the first of a ten-year deal worth £750 million. They want to ring in the partnership with a statement of intent; that appears to be signing Messi from Barcelona.

Messi is the crown jewel in Adidas' huge portfolio of sponsored sport stars. However, they have had to see him playing in a Nike kit at Barcelona and want that to change. They know a deal to bring him to Old Trafford will take a world-record offer but are ready to help in any way they can.

"I don't know where I'll be next year although I've always said I want to end my career at Barcelona."

Financing the deal

Agreeing to pay Manchester United £75 million-a-season to produce their kit has helped significantly. The Red Devils are expected to break the £500 million barrier in turnover should they return to the Champions League next season.

That would see them as one of only several clubs who could finance a deal and remain the right side of Uefa's financial fair play restrictions. Bayern Munich and Real Madrid appear to be the only other clubs capable of matching them.

Who is showing intent?

Chelsea have also been linked with a move in recent weeks. However, they are now thought to be unable to meet the demands of both Barcelona and Leo Messi. As it is, Jose Mourinho is struggling to keep his team in the black, selling off David Luiz and allowing Frank Lampard to leave this summer for what are assumed to be financial reasons.

They are all sponsored by Adidas, but Manchester United are the only club showing real intent to sign the 27-year-old. They were reportedly put on red alert after Messi threw his future into the air at the recent Ballon d'Or ceremony.

Unsure future

"I'm not sure what's going to happen, whether I'd go to Newell's," he said.

"I don't know where I'll be next year although I've always said I want to end my career at Barcelona."

It was just the latest suggestion that Messi wants out of the Nou Camp in what has been an ongoing saga between him and club officials. It would take £200 million to sign him from Barcelona as well as a wage packet worth almost £300 million over six-years.

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Lionel Messi
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