Manchester City have denied reports of a £433million ($771M AUD) package being proposed to lure Lionel Messi to the Premier League.
Messi is out of contract at Barcelona at the end of this season, having tried to engineer a departure from Camp Nou last August.
During that time, he was heavily linked to City and a reunion with Pep Guardiola, while Barca’s appeal to the superstar forward arguably suffered another heavy blow as they were thrashed 4-1 by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League this week.
On Friday, The Sun reported Messi had a five-year proposal worth £606m ($1.079 billion AUD) put to him by City before the current campaign, although this figure has been revised due to the wider financial climate of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the fact the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will be 34 in June.
However, a club spokesperson told Stats Perform no such offer has been made, nor are there any talks currently ongoing.