Manchester United have approached Barcelona for the services of Lionel Messi as reports say the Premier League giants are ready to break the world transfer record for the Argentine.
The Daily Mail claims Jose Mourinho could lure the Argentina striker to Old Trafford if he has them back in the Champions League for the start of the 2016-17 season.
United have allegedly made two approaches in the last three weeks to test the water over a possible move.
Any transfer for the Nou Camp legend would break the record £85.3million Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale, taking the extreme spending by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward up another gear.
The Barca man feels persecuted by the Spanish authorities over the tax avoidance case he and his father are currently facing.
Messi’s current deal, at the Catalan club where he has scored 453 goals in 531 games, expires in 2018.