Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli says he is not aware of reports that a meeting took place in Barcelona between his lawyer, Fernando Baredes.
"If Sevilla lose because their rival played better, that is down to the manager's failure, not because of [potential] contracts," Sampaoli said.
Messi was punished for verbally abusing a match official during Argentina's World Cup qualifying game against Chile last month.
Sevilla have put the Argentine Football Association (AFA) on notice that they are not allowed to approach their coach Jorge Sampaoli.
Despite being sacked as Argentina head coach, Edgardo Bauza thinks and hopes they still qualify for the World Cup.
The national team manager was sacked on Tuesday, but he said he was grateful for his time with the team and remained confident they'd make Russia.