Manchester City have now denied claims they offered Barcelona star Lionel Messi a contract worth £430million, MySportDab reports.
Messi tried to leave Barcelona last summer after a poor season for the Spanish club.
His decision to leave Barcelona last season reignited interest from former Coach Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.
According to The Sun, Manchester City offered Lionel Messi a five-year contract worth £600m last summer but have a new offer of £430m for the end of the season.
The Sun claims that City are not prepared to offer anything close to their last offer due to the financial effect of the coronavirus situation.
However, a Manchester City spokesperson has now denied the reports that no offer was made in the summer and now.
City and Guardiola are still interested in signing Messi, who can leave for free at the end of the current 2020-21 season.
Lionel Messi is Barca’s highest paid player at £500,000 per week (£26m per year) but he and his team-mates took pay cuts in November due to financial crisis at the club.
Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in signing the six-time Ballon d’Or winner at the end of the season.
The French Champions thrashed Barcelona 4-1 in the first leg of their Champions League Last-16 tie on Tuesday.
Messi was clearly frustrated as Barcelona suffered another shocking European defeat after they lost 8-2 against Bayern Munich last season.
Barca are also behind in the LaLiga title race this season with Atletico Madrid currently top.
They also lost 2-0 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final match against Sevilla.
Now, Lionel Messi and his Barcelona team-mates at risk of ending the season again without winning a trophy.