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Barcelona hand Messi £48M to ward off Chelsea, Man City

Barcelona are confident they've staved off Premiership interest by making Lionel Messi the best paid player in their history. The Sun says Barca have given Messi a £48million deal in a bid to stave off interest from Chelsea and Manchester City.

The Argentina midfield ace is on a £160,000-a-week, six-year contract, making him the highest-paid player in Spain.

Messi, widely regarded as the world's best player, is a long-standing target for Chelsea.

Manchester City's new Arab owners were also preparing a summer raid.

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