Lionel Messi (image courtesy Barcelona Twitter handle)

Manchester City have dismissed reports of them bidding to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

The Argentine has been linked with the Premier League champions several times since ex-Barca head coach Pep Guardiola joined the Citizens in 2016.

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Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo quoted City chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak as saying he once made a lucrative offer for Messi.

Concise News learned that Al-Mubarak offered more than £1 million ($1.3 million) per week.

“We asked Guardiola to talk to him, we offered him triple the salary he has at Barcelona, but he never accepted,” Mubarak was quoted as saying.

But City later rubbished the report.

“We deny the veracity of these quotes,” a City spokesman said.

Messi played under Guardiola for four seasons at Barca, winning 14 titles together.