Sportswear brand to help United with cash injection to land Barca star.
Manchester United could be set to hand Manchester United a huge cash boost in their bid to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi, according to the Daily Express.
The German sportswear giant will replace Nike as United’s kit manufacturer next season in a deal worth £750million over 10 years.
And the brand are thought to be keen on helping United raid the Spanish giants for his signature.
Messi is the poster boy of the Adidas brand, and they have long hoped to be able to help prize him away from Barcelona – who are sponsored by main competitors, Nike – and place him with a club sponsored by themselves.
Recent speculation has hinted that he may see his long term future away from the Nou Camp after falling out with coach Luis Enrique.
Messi was subsequently linked with Chelsea and Manchester City, although it has emerged that only United have a realistic chance of buying the Argentina superstar and staying in line with Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.
But with in fresh funds from the deal with Adidas, United would be in a much stronger position to actually make the move.