Bayern Munich rule themselves out of Lionel Messi transfer race as chief laughs at his 'astronomical' £492m contract

BAYERN MUNICH chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has laughed off suggestions the German giants could try to sign Lionel Messi this summer.

The Argentina legend’s contract expires in June with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City both desperate to secure his signature.

But Bayern Munich won't be in the mix.

Rummenigge revealed it was unrealistic during an interview with Italian newspaper Correire della Sera.

The 65-year-old said: “I laughed when I saw Messi's contract with Barcelona.

“I can only say congrats to him for obtaining an astronomical contract.

“But this salary situation needs to be changed.”

Man City and PSG are preparing their own mega-money offers to lure the forward.

It comes after Messi attempted to force through a move last year before LaLiga ruled the free exit clause in his contract had expired, forcing him to remain at Barcelona for the current campaign.


But for any switch away, a major obstacle will be the whopping £492m deal the 33-year-old currently collects.

The full details of the icon’s package at the Nou Camp were revealed earlier this month.

And they have dominated the news in Barcelona, with Messi threatening legal action over the leak.

Barca still hope to keep him, but any new extension depends on who wins the club’s presidency election.

And any offer will also be on reduced terms amid the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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