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Manchester City deny huge Lionel Messi wage offer

Manchester City have denied stories that they tried to sign Barcelona forward Lionel Messi by offering to triple his salary.

The Argentine had been Linked with a move to town since the takeover by Dubai’s ruling elite.

Rumours strong once Messi’s former Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola, took over at the Etihad Stadium.

Reports in Mundo Deportivo, a Spanish newspaper, qquoted City chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak as saying:

'We asked Guardiola to talk to him, we offered him triple the salary he has at Barcelona, but he never accepted,'

This morning, Manchester City’s voice denied that they'd created such a proposal, saying; 'We deny the veracity of these quotes.’

Messi recently extended his consent European nation to run till 2021, and encompasses a unleash clause of 700 million euros.