Manchester United are in front of their rivals in the race to land Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, according to the Daily Star.
It has been reported that, because of Adidas' willingness to bring the player to Old Trafford, the Red Devils are now the favourites to bring the Argentine ace to the Premier League.
Messi, despite being recognised as one of the greatest players in world football, has endured a difficult time in La Liga of late, with it being suggested that he's fallen out with the club's manager Luis Enrique.
Unsurprisingly, then, a number of the top teams in England have been linked with the player's signature of late, with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and even Arsenal monitoring his situation at the Nou Camp.
However, it's Manchester United who appear to be in the driving seat to land him if he was to depart La Liga anytime soon.
Much has been made of the financial backing of the club's future sponsors Adidas, and it appears that they are willing to play their part in helping the Red Devils fund a £200 million world record deal for the player's services.
Of course, a deal to bring Messi to the Premier League seems to be some way off, but fans of the club will no doubt be dreaming about the prospect of the deal taking place this summer.
If - and it's a big if - United can pull off the remarkable deal, then the Red Devils would have arguably the greatest attacking force in world football at their disposal.
With the likes of Wayne Rooney, Angel di Maria, Robin van Persie and Co. already plying their trade at the Theatre of Dreams, Messi would only help them become even more of an irresistible force going forward.
Louis van Gaal's immediate attention, however, will turn to this Friday's FA Cup fixture with Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium. United will be hoping to get the job done and dusted at the first attempt as they attempt to book their place in the fifth round of the competition.
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