Adidas insist they're not involved in a plot to prise Lionel Messi away from Barcelona.

Flamboyant agent Francois Gallardo has revealed adidas and Bayern Munich came together in the summer to meet Messi's €250 million buyout clause - and have plans to try again in June.

There are two other adidas-backed clubs also in the mix to compete for Messi.

But a spokesperson for the sportswear giant told BILD: "Our core business is the treatment of athletes and not the transfer of football players or the funding of transfer fees."

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