Crazy transfer rumour alert.
If you thought Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s is the biggest name that Manchester United are trying to sign, think again.
The Daily Mail are reporting that Jose Mourinho is keen to make the sensational swoop of Lionel Messi.
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Yes, you read that right.
The report claims that United have made two approaches in the last three weeks in an attempt to discover whether the Argentine would be interested in a move to Old Trafford. It claims, though, that a move wouldn’t be possible this season due to them not qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
Therefore, Mourinho and co. are working towards signing the forward for the 2017/18 campaign.
It’s expected that, despite him being almost 30-years-old this time next year, the transfer would smash the current record that Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale - a reported £85.3 million.
Messi’s current deal at the Camp Nou expires in 2018 and it's believed he wants certain assurances if he is to remain at the club he’s scored an incredible 453 goals for.
Sources close to Messi told the Daily Mail that he is getting increasingly ‘frustrated and hurt’ by the media circus in Spain that has surrounded his legal case concerning his tax affairs.
Messi and his father are accused of using fake companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes.
United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward appears hellbent to sign the biggest names in football in recent years. They have been linked with Neymar and Bale in the past as well as attempting to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo. Having failed in the pursuit of those three, Woodward seems content to settle with signing Zlatan this season before focusing on pulling off the impossible and capturing Messi next year.