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Lionel-Messi-adidas-bootsManchester United could be helped by new sponsors Adidas in their bid to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

According to sources in Spain, Adidas are prepared to help fund a mega-money move for Messi.

The German sportswear giant will replace Nike as United’s kit manufacturer next season in a deal worth £750million over 10 years.

And Adidas could help United lure Messi away from the Nou Camp.

Speculation has intensified around the 27-year-old’s future after reports of a falling out with Barca boss Luis Enrique surfaced.

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.

Messi has a £195m release clause at Barca while taking into account his wages would push any deal to the £300m mark.

At the Ballon d’Or awards on Monday night – where Messi finished runner-up to rival Cristiano Ronaldo – he cast fresh doubt over his future.

Asked if he wanted to finish his career at Barcelona or at Newell’s Old Boys in his hometown of Rosario, Messi said: “I’m not sure what’s going to happen, whether I’d go to Newell’s.

“I don’t know where I’ll be next year although I’ve always said I want to end my career at Barcelona – but nobody knows what the future holds.”

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