Fresh reports from the UK say that Manchester United is exploring the potential of a sensational move to bring Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi to Old Trafford.
Daily Mail UK is reporting that United has already made two approaches to Messi in the last three weeks in an attempt to gauge whether a move for the Argentine might be possible.
Any move is more likely to be with a view to United returning to the Champions League under Jose Mourinho in 2017-18. Daily Mail UK believes that Messi could make shock move to Manchester United as Argentine forward seeks assurances over future at Barcelona.
The tabloid reports that a deal for Messi would smash the £85.3m world record transfer that Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale.
Messi’s current deal at the Nou Camp is set to expire in 2018 and it has emerged that he will require certain assurances if he is to remain at Barcelona, where he has scored an astonishing 453 goals in 531 games.
Meanwhile, reports say that Arsenal is in talks to sign Leicester star striker, Jamie Vardy after triggering his £20million release clause.
Daily Mirror UK reports that Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger is ready to do the deal after his London club and several other Premier League clubs were sounded out by England striker Vardy’s representatives.
Liverpool offered the player £140,000 a week, but Arsenal is in pole position because the clause is only available to Champions League clubs.