The Mail on Sunday says City would have gone as far as paying Messi’s buy out clause from Barcelona of £200million.
With the addition of crowd funding with sponsors the deal had been a matter of negotiation for months with City’s hierarchy and several agents.
But Messi recently signed a new contract with Barca worth £16.3million a year.
The Argentine, who is the central figure of the World Cup final, is satisfied with how he has been looked after by Barca.
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