We always need to remember to take stuff like this lightly, and to be quite honest I’m still unsure about how I feel about this possible move. But I digress, it appears United have the advantage in the race to bring Barcelona star Lionel Messi to the Premier League. Spanish media sources reported that Man United’s upcoming kit sponsor Adidas are playing a role in this, possibly offering to help pay the some of the transfer fee. Currently Messi has also been linked to Manchester City and Chelsea, but because of Financial Fair Play rules, United are the only club who could sign the 27 year old without violating those rules.
The first question I had was the legality of such a move, due to Adidas’ involvement in the transfer. FIFA regulations state, ” No club shall enter into a contract which enables any other party to that contract or any third party to acquire the ability to influence in employment and transfer-related matters its independence, its policies or the performance of its teams”. This move could be stopped if that rule applies to this move.
I also needed to figure out how I felt about Messi possibly joining United. It reminded me of when Robin Van Persie joined United from Arsenal, I wasn’t a fan of him due to his Arsenal-ness, but I knew he was a quality player, and could have had a lot to bring to the table. Same applies for Messi, he comes from a club we don’t like, but he could have a lot to bring to United, especially with rumour’s of so many players heading out when summer comes around (One of them being RvP). Another players rumoured to be on their way out are Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, and Radamel Falcao, and to make things a little more scary, David De Gea is also rumoured to be leaving the club.
News like that makes the Messi race a little more important for United if that news is true. But like I stated earlier transfer gossip is always to be taken lightly. Messi isn’t only being contacted by the Premier League either. Spanish giants and Barcelona rivals Real Madrid are also rumoured to have an interest in Messi, and are also able to pay the potential £200 to £300 million for the Argentinian.