Jose Mourinho has spoken about Manchester United’s reported plans to secure the services of Lionel Messi from Barcelona.
Messi is undoubtedly one of the best players in the history of football. It goes without saying that every club in the world dreams of having such a quality player in their ranks.
However, very few clubs are financially strong enough to be able to think about signing Messi realistically. Premier League giants Manchester United are one of those clubs that boast the resources to afford the Argentine genius.
Interestingly, reports (by Daily Star, citing Sport as source) linking Messi to United has been gathering steam in recent times. Fuelled by the 29-year-old failing to extend his current contract at Barcelona which expires at the end of next summer.
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Adding further spice, it’s claimed Adidas are trying to broker a deal for the superstar to move to Old Trafford in 2018. The German sportswear manufacturer sponsor both Manchester United and Messi.
United boss Jose Mourinho rubbished the claims and instead stated his hope that Messi never leaves Barcelona.
Addressing the rumors, Mourinho said,
“Honestly, I hope he never leaves because I think he belongs to Barcelona and Barcelona belongs to him.”
Given the chance, United would bite Barcelona’s arm off to sign Messi. Even so, the chances of such a transfer coming into fruition are almost non-existent.
Messi simply loves Barcelona and the Catalan giants also do not have any reason to part with their idol. Admittedly, the contract talks are not going smoothly at the moment but Barcelona will surely deliver a good enough wage package to tie down their star for the foreseeable future.
If indeed Messi does decide to leave Barcelona, United would have to pay astronomical amounts to sign him. Although the attacker’s qualities are priceless, the Red Devils would not be making a sound financial decision in splashing a load of cash for a player just shy of 30 years old.