Manchester United made touch with Lionel Messi in May, but no deal was reached with PSG.

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Manchester United made touch with Lionel Messi in May, but no deal was reached with PSG.

Following his shock departure from Barcelona, Manchester United has been connected with Lionel Messi.

Manchester United are rumored to be interested in Lionel Messi. The news that he will not be staying at Barcelona has shocked the footballing world. And, while PSG are the frontrunners in the fight for his signature, a move to Old Trafford isn’t completely out of the question.

Barcelona announced on Thursday night that Messi’s contract would not be renewed.

“Despite the fact that FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi have achieved an agreement and both parties have stated their clear intention to sign a new contract today, this is not possible due to financial and structural barriers (Spanish Liga regulations),” they stated in a statement.

“Messi will not be staying at FC Barcelona as a result of this issue.

“Both parties lament that the player’s and the club’s wishes will not be realized in the end.

“FC Barcelona expresses its heartfelt gratitude to the player for his contribution to the club’s advancement and wishes him the best of luck in his personal and professional life.”

Manchester United has surfaced as a possible next destination since then.

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And The Sun reported in May that Messi’s entourage had contacted the Red Devils during a period when his future at Barcelona was uncertain.

The Argentina international’s entourage is said to have ‘placed the feelers out there’ to see if United or Chelsea were interested in a trade.

And speculation has gotten a lot louder in the last 24 hours.

United have made an offer to Messi, according to Ian McGarry, speaking on Reach PLC’s Transfer Window podcast.

Despite Sport’s claims to the contrary, he acknowledged that PSG were still the frontrunners in the fight to capture Messi.

“Paris Saint-Germain are in pole position to recruit Messi, offering him a contract for roughly £63.5 million (€75 million) gross over two years and then allowing him to depart for free,” McGarry added.

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