Man United have made two recent approaches to sign Lionel Messi

Manchester United are ready to make a statement in the transfer market this summer following the arrival of Jose Mourinho and have made two approaches in the last three weeks to gauge Lionel Messi’s availability according to The Daily Mail.

The Red Devils won the FA Cup in 2015-16 but finishing outside of the top four and relinquishing a spot in the Champions League tamely led to Louis van Gaal’s demise.

Mourinho will be charged with bringing the glory days back to Old Trafford and is expected to be handed a transfer warchest this summer to revamp the playing squad at his disposal.

Messi is the best player on the planet after winning the Ballon d’Or for a record fifth time in January, with the Argentina international playing a major role in Barcelona’s success over the years.

The South American is a product of the La Masia youth academy and an institution at the Catalan club, but is currently embroiled in a tax scandal in Spain.

The report suggests United will make the most of this situation and offer Messi the chance to move to England.