Manchester United are linked with lots of players during every transfer window and no player is safe from being associated, not even Barcelona’s Lionel Messi it seems.
Following comments on his future at the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony, The Guardian reports United are on ‘alert’ over his future at the Spanish club and cite that Financial Fair Play rules means only Real Madrid and United could conceivably lodge a bid for him.
“I am not sure If I will go back to Newell’s Old Boys one day,” Messi said in Zurich.
“I am not sure where I will be next year. I have always said that I will end my career at Barcelona but as Cristiano said: ‘Only God knows the future.’ Things in football can change overnight.”
The Guardian have also ran with the story as their back page splash in today’s print edition:
Using Cristiano Ronaldo’s almost-famous strap-line of ‘Only God knows the future’ certainly won’t help speculation for Messi and United’s position in the market means they are an easy link to make.
United are going to have some serious financial muscle in the transfer market from next year onwards thanks to the £75m a year Adidas kit deal which begins in 2015, but any move for Messi is surely far-fetched.
Not only would he could cost more than Ronaldo and Bale combined, Messi is Barcelona through and through and is loyal to the club which nurtured him as a young boy by helping pay for his necessary medical bills.
As far as any move for Messi goes, Sir Alex is probably more likely to come out retirement first.